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London protests over man's death leave 4 police hospitalized

Associated Press logo Associated Press 26/06/2017
Campaigners face-off with police as they protest over the death of 25-year old young father Edir Frederico Da Costa, who died on June 21 six days after he was detained by police, in London Sunday June 25, 2017. Protesters allege Edir Frederico Da Costa was beaten and died of his wounds after being stopped in a car by Police officers in east London, while pathologists have said there were no injuries to suggest severe force was used by police. (Lauren Hurley/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Campaigners face-off with police as they protest over the death of 25-year old young father Edir Frederico Da Costa, who died on June 21 six days after he was detained by police, in London Sunday June 25, 2017. Protesters allege Edir Frederico Da Costa was beaten and died of his wounds after being stopped in a car by Police officers in east London, while pathologists have said there were no injuries to suggest severe force was used by police. (Lauren Hurley/PA via AP)

LONDON — Four police officers have been hospitalized and two others less seriously injured following a series of protests in London over the death of a 25-year-old man.

Activists claim Edir Frederico Da Costa's neck was broken during a police stop. He died six days later, on June 21.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said a preliminary investigation did not indicate spinal injuries caused by police.

Fires were started and bricks thrown at police as protesters marched through east London. Many carried Black Lives Matter signs and placards reading "Justice for Edson + How Many More???"

Four protesters were arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage.

The protest ended early Monday morning.

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