Thousands to march against NYPD chokehold death

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) (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
Staten Island Neighborhood Where Eric Garner Was Killed By Police Prepares for Saturday's Protest (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/22 4:33 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people are set to march on Staten Island on Saturday to protest the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The march is being led by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

It begins on the street where the 43-year-old Garner was placed in the fatal hold last month and ends at the office of Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who this week said he's sending the case to a grand jury.

Sharpton and his fellow activists are demanding that the NYPD officers involved face criminal charges.

He'll be joined by members of Garner's family and relatives of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot to death by police earlier this month.

Sharpton has recently toned down some of his fiery rhetoric and pledged a peaceful march.

 

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