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Staten Island stores worried about rally

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Some Staten Island business owners say they are bracing for huge crowds on Saturday during a planned march for a man killed in an apparent chokehold during his arrest by NYPD officers. The Rev. Al Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner emerged from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his death.

The rally will begin from the place where the unarmed man was placed in an apparent chokehold during a misdemeanor arrest, then march down Bay Street to the district attorney's office.

Sharpton dismissed security concerns expressed by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to its more than 700 members.

The Honor Wine Store is located on Bay Street, right along what is expected to be the busiest part of the march route. Owner Lorie Honor told me she expects demonstrators to be peaceful, but it is the size of the crowd that concerns her.

Just a few doors down, the owner of Karl's Klipper Restaurant said he is not impressed with pre-march preparations.

But some in the community welcome the march and its demand for accountability in Garner's death.

Sharpton insisted the march is not anti-police, but anti-police who break the law. He said police officers will speak at the rally, and that if anyone gets out of line, his marchers will be the first to try and stop them.
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