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.

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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.

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The marchers walked behind a banner that says, “We Will Not Go Back, March for Justice.”

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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.

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Sharpton had earlier warned demonstrators to go home if they could not remain nonviolent.

(Photos: AP/ Instagram)

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