California police fire teargas at demonstrators after second night of protests in Berkeley turns violent

Protests have turned violent in Berkeley, California after demonstrators hit the streets for the second consecutive night to speak out against the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York.

A crowd of 750 protesters swarmed freeway overpasses at two locations in Berkeley, near San Francisco, prompting police to move in to clear the roadways and handcuff some protesters.

Three officers and a technician were hurt and six people were arrested.

Some protesters hurled objects at police, who responded by firing gas, the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate division said on its Twitter feed.

It said demonstrators threw unspecified ‘explosives’ while protesters targeted them with rocks and bottles and tried to light a patrol vehicle on fire…