Thousands in NYC turn out for rally over chokehold death

Thousands in NYC turn out for rally over chokehold death

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Protesters rally against police brutality in memory of Eric Garner August 23, 2014 in Staten Island, New York. The New York City medical examiner's office ruled that Garner, the 43-year-old father of six, died from a chokehold and chest compressions while being arrested by the police on July 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 23 at 12:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future have taken to New York City streets to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.
   
The noontime rally and march Saturday in Staten Island is being led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and relatives of Eric Garner, who died last month.
   
The marchers walked behind a banner that says, "We Will Not Go Back, March for Justice."
   
Police estimate the crowd at 2,500 people and growing as busloads of marchers arrive. A police official credits march organizers with helping to keep things orderly.
   
Sharpton had earlier warned demonstrators to go home if they could not remain nonviolent.
 

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