Protest decrying officer fatal chokehold still on despite mayor’s unity call

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The Rev. Al Sharpton will lead the rally highlighting the in-custody death of Eric Garner. (Photo: Getty Images/ stock photo)

NEW YORK (AP) – Rev. Al Sharpton’s organization is still planning to protest the death last month of a Staten Island man caused by an apparent police chokehold despite the mayor’s call for unity and eased tensions.

Kirsten Foy of Sharpton’s National Action Network says Friday that the planned Aug. 23 march will tie up traffic on the Verrazano-Narrows bridge even if it’s moved to another location.

Foy attended a Brooklyn event where Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to reporters about Eric Garner death for the first time since Tuesday.

De Blasio said Sharpton has made it clear he’s working with bridge authorities and looking at other options for the march.

Foy says either way protesters will still be crossing the bridge by bus or by foot to get from Brooklyn to Staten Island.

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