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Thousands of people march in NYC over chokehold death of unarmed black man by white officer

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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 today in the Staten Island borough of New York.

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    Esaw Garner, left, arrives at the spot where her husband Eric Garner died with The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr, right, at the start of a march and rally in the Staten Island borough of New York Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The city medical examiner ruled that Eric Garner, 43, died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Esaw Garner, left, arrives at the spot where her husband Eric Garner died while being escorted by The Rev. Al Sharpton and Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr, right, at the start of a march and rally in the Staten Island borough of New York Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The city medical examiner ruled that Eric Garner, 43, died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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    Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Esaw Garner, the wife of fatal police chokehold victim Eric Garner, listen during a press briefing after meeting privately with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 in New York. The family of the unarmed Eric Garner, whose death last month in police custody was recorded on video, has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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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 today in the Staten Island borough of New York.

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NEW YORK — 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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