AAA  Aug. 23, 2014 1:03 PM ET
Thousands turn out for rally over chokehold death
By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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Esaw Garner, left, becomes emotional as she arrives at the spot where her husband, Eric Garner, died, at the start of a march and rally in the Staten Island borough of New York Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Garner was escorted by The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr, right. Eric Garner died after police tried to arrest him last month on for selling loose cigarettes. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(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.

Associated Press
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