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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The Reverend Al Sharpton now says demonstrators protesting the death of Eric Garner in police custody will still head to the office of the Staten Island district attorney, but instead of marching across the Verrazano, buses and car caravans will be used at the "we will not go back" march on August 23.

City officials and politicians had worried about injuries and Gridlock since the Verrazano has no pedestrian walkways, so the head of the National Action Network changed his plan.

"We will convene from all over the city and New Jersey, justice caravans," Rev. Al Sharpton told supporters. "And then we will convene at the toll bridge at the Verrazano and were all going to Staten Island for justice."

And while the city medical examiner ruled that Garner was killed by neck compressions caused by an apparent police choke hold, the head of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association told Marvin Scott on News Closeup that he disputes the finding.

"This is not a choke hold," PBA President Pat Lynch said. "If you look at the training videos of how to take down a suspect bigger than you."

Mayor de Blasio has been criticized for appearing between Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and the Reverend Al Sharpton at a roundtable discussion. But political consultants say the mayor has to walk a fine line.

"The mayor is caught between a Rick and a hard place," Basil Smikle, a political consultant told PIX11. "He must support the police department and capitalize on populist rhetoric he used to get elected."