Al Sharpton shifted focus from Ferguson, Mo. in order to lead a march today on Staten Island to protest the chokehold death of Eric Garner:

From the Associated Press:

Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

The afternoon rally and march was led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and relatives of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after a New York Police Department officer took him to the ground with a banned tactic in a confrontation captured on video.

More from AP reporter Jonathan Lemire, who is covering the rally: