Protests Over Eric Garner Case Turn Violent in California

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Demonstrators retreat while police officers deploy tear gas to disperse a crowd in Berkeley, Calif. (Photo: Noah Berger/Reuters)
Dec 7, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

Peaceful protests continued across the country days after a New York grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the choke hold death of Eric Garner. But a march in Berkeley, Calif., took a violent turn.

Berkeley police said two of its officers were hospitalized after a few demonstrators began throwing rocks at store windows and objects at police. One officer suffered from a dislocated shoulder after getting hit with a sandbag and another had minor injuries, reported The Associated Press. By Sunday morning, at least six people had been detained.

Farther south in the state, in Riverside, Calif., one person sustained minor injuries when a car refused to stop and drove into a rally, according to NBC Los Angeles. Authorities are still looking for the driver.

Meanwhile, in New York, Eric Garner’s mother has urged nonviolent protests. On Sturday, people gathered at Grand Central Terminal, in Times Square, and in other parts of the city for demonstrations, which turned out more peaceful than Thursday's events, when police arrested more than 200 individuals. Local law enforcement also spoke out about the nationwide movement.

“Police officers feel like they are being thrown under the bus,” Patrick Lynch, NYPD police union president, told the AP.

Officials say complaints against New York police dropped significantly over the past five months compared with last year. But according to MSNBC, the New York City Comptroller’s Office said the total amount paid out for claims against the police department in 2014 was $212 million—much higher than the $137 million in 2013. Allegations of violence or abuse accounted for many of the claims, said Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Demonstrations are expected to continue. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton has announced plans to march in Washington, D.C., next weekend to protest police violence.

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