Sunday Jul 20, 201406:03 PM GMT
Americans march against police brutality

Dozens of people in California have rallied to protest against police brutality in the United States in the wake of recent killings.

The protesters also showed their support for those who have had family members killed by police officers. Dozens of families who have lost loved ones to law enforcement took part in the demonstration.

Activists across southern California are uniting to put an end to police brutality. The march commemorates the 2-year anniversary of the deaths of two men killed by Anaheim police officers.

Organizers hope the event will raise awareness about those who are unjustly killed by police officers.

The rally is a way to bring together families who have been hurt by police violence.

Police officers in California rarely face punishment in shooting deaths.

On Thursday, Eric Garner, a father of six, died after police officers pinned him to the ground and held him in a chokehold.

At least four police officers brought down the man, who was begging cops to let him breathe as he helplessly lied on the ground.

Authorities said on Saturday that Daniel Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran of the New York Police Department, has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty over the death.

Officials said another officer involved in the arrest has been put on administrative duty but has not had to surrender his gun and shield. 

Organizers are seeking new legislation that will punish the police for wrongful killings.

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