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Thousands march in Staten Island to honor Eric Garner, Michael Brown

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Thousands of protesters packed in cars and caravans, crossed over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, the man who died last month after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Former Gov. David Paterson joined the Rev. Al Sharpton's "March for Justice" from Brooklyn to Tompkinsville in Staten Island. The march started at noon by the site where Garner died, then went past the Staten Island D.A.'s office and down to the 120th Precinct.

NAN's Kirsten John Foy says organizers worked with the authorities to make sure protestors were comfortable and that residents felt as little discomfort as possible.

Despite those assurances, many businesses along the march route opted to close, including Hypno-tronic Comics, which is two doors down from the D.A.'s office

The Rev. Al Sharpton led the march along with local leaders, including Bishop Victor Allen Brown. Representatives of the family of Michael Brown, whose shooting death by a police officer has fueled violence in Ferguson, Mo., participated as well.

The police presence was heavy throughout the neighborhoods.


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