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Thousands Of Peaceful Protestors Rally For Eric Garner In NYC

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Al Sharpton And Protestors at Eric Garner Rally
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova / Stringer

On Saturday, thousands gathered in Staten Island, New York to march in protests of the death of unarmed Black man Eric Garner after being put in a chokehold by police during his arrest.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized the “We Will Not Go Back” march, which began at the place where Garner died and culminated at the Staten Island district attorney’s office and aimed to honor all Black victims who died at the hands of police across the country.

Protestors remained peaceful as they chanted “no justice, no peace” and “I can’t breathe,” which was what Garner was seen yelling as he succumbed to the chokehold during his violent arrest. Some were also heard chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” in honor of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown who was shot and killed by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month.

An estimated 2,500 protestors were in attendance, according to the Associated Press.

Garner, a husband and father of six, was 43 when he died on July 17th.

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