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Thousands demand justice for man killed by police

Reverend Al Sharpton and Eric Garner's family lead march through New York

Thousands of people marched through New York borough Staten Island on Saturday to protest about the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.
The march was led by Reverend Al Sharpton and relatives of Eric Garner, who died on July 17 after a New York Police Department officer choked him to death while restraining him with a banned chokehold.
The marchers, starting at the crossroads where Mr Garner was first confronted, walked behind a banner reading: "We Will Not Go Back, March for Justice."
Police estimated 2,500 people had joined the march for Mr Garner, who was placed in a chokehold after police stopped him for selling loose cigarettes.
Activists have called for criminal charges against the officers involved.
Many in the crowd carried signs saying: "Police the NYPD" or "RIP Eric Garner," but most popular were "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," which emerged during protests over the police killing of Michael Brown, and "I can't breathe," Mr Garner's last words.
Mr Garner's widow Esaw said that she was too afraid to let her sons go outside and asked the rally to "get justice" for her husband.
The asthmatic father of six was unarmed when he was stopped on July 17 and could be heard screaming: "I can't breathe" as he was forced to the ground in a chokehold.
Soon after, he was declared dead. The city medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and two NYPD officers have been reassigned during the investigation.


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