Thousands turn out for rally over chokehold death

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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)
The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, holds hands with former New York Gov. David Paterson, center left, and Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, before a march to protest the death of Eric Garner, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The city medical examiner ruled that Eric Garner, 43, died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Esaw Garner, center, walks to the site where her husband Eric Garner dead alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton, center right, and her mother-in-law Gwen Carr, right, before march to protest of Eric Garners death, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The city medical examiner ruled that Eric Garner died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ameariah Shearin holds a sign atop her father Theodore's shoulders before a march to protest the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garner died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mary Thurman, center, chants before a march to protest the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garner died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
FILE - In this July 19, 2014, file photo, Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner in New York. The city medical examiner ruled that Garner, 43, died as a result of a police chokehold during an attempted arrest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Funeral services are held for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. An overflow crowd packed a church for the funeral of the man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool)
Demonstrators chant as they march towards the 120th Precinct following a vigil demanding justice for Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while being arrested by New York City police, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in New York. Demonstrators gathered at a park Tuesday, near where police attempted to arrest Garner, 43, on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A member of the congregation holds a young child as Rev. Al Sharpton addresses the congregation at Manhattan's Riverside Church in New York, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Sharpton demanded justice in the apparent police chokehold death of Eric Garner, who died three days ago in Staten Island. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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)
Protesters gather at the spot where Eric Garner died as they 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)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: People hold signs during rally against police violence on August 23, 2014 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City. Thousands of marchers are expected for today's rally which will be attended by the family of Michael Brown and the Reverend Al Sharpton among others. Eric Garner, 43, died while he was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in front of a bodega and was put into a chokehold during a confrontation with police. An investigation is pending and the police officer who allegedly used the illegal chokehold has been placed on modified duty. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Demonstrators rally against police brutality in memory of Eric Garner on 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)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: An activist makes signs in preparation for a planned protest and rally against police brutality in memory of Eric Garner August 22, 2014 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City. Thousands of marchers are expected for the afternoon rally which will be attended by the family of Michael Brown and the Reverend Al Sharpton among others. Eric Garner, 43, died while he was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in front of a bodega and was put into a chokehold during a confrontation with police. An investigation is pending and the police officer who allegedly used the illegal chokehold has been placed on modified duty. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: A memorial of Michael Brown, 18, next to the one of Eric Garner, is viewed outside of filmmaker's Spike Lee's 40 Acres offices on August 15, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Both men were recently killed by police officers in situations that remain murky and which have set off protests and demonstrations around the country. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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By JONATHAN LEMIRE

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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