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Sharpton cancels Verrazano march

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Reverend Al Sharpton has abandoned plans to march across the Verrazano Bridge to protest the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Last week Sharpton said he was planning a march across the bridge from Brooklyn to Staten Island.

But now he says protesters will take buses and cars instead during the August 23rd rally.

Some city officials complained the march would cause big traffic problems.

Speaking Saturday at the headquarters of his National Action Network, Sharpton asserted the protest is not about the bridge or about Staten Island.

He says it's about justice for Garner.

“The issue is the homicide that no one has told this family or the community what they are going to do about it and who is going to be charged” Sharpton said.

Garner died July 17th after police tried to arrest him on Staten Island.

The city medical examiner's ruled he was killed by neck compressions caused by a police chokehold. 

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