Sharpton urges importance of peace during rally for Eric Garner

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is stressing the importance of keeping violence out of a New York City rally over the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Sharpton made his remarks Saturday morning at the Mt. Sinai United Christian Church on Staten Island. He told the audience of about 100 that they should stay in the church or go home if they are too angry to be nonviolent.

 

The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke during a church service before the rally starts to honor Eric Garner. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke during a church service before the rally starts to honor Eric Garner. (Photo: Getty Images)

He also repeated his call for a federal takeover of the case.

The rally is scheduled to begin at midday. It comes five weeks after Eric Garner was stopped for selling loose cigarettes and placed in a chokehold.

Garner's widow urged the crowd to march in peace toward justice.

Activists want criminal charges brought against the offices involved.