Thousands 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)
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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