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Planned March Across Verrazano Not Sitting Well with Some

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The family of Eric Garner says they will march across the Verrazano Bridge later this month with the Rev. Al Sharpton, but many elected officials on Staten Island say they are not happy with the plan.

The National Action Network says the march will happen on August 23 and go from Brooklyn to Staten Island.

Organizers do not have a permit for the event.

The Verrazano does not have a foot path and is only accessible to cars.

Sharpton's staff says the inconvenience their actions will create is a small issue compared to larger problems concerning the New York City Police Department's race relations.

Community leaders on Staten Island say the demonstration is poorly thought out and will cripple the borough.

"But everyone who's using the bridge on that day will get the opportunity to feel just a little uncomfort. It doesn't begin to scratch the surface of what our young men are facing at the hands of the New York City Police Department," said NAN Staten Island Chapter President Cynthia Davis.

"All people are saying is that you shouldn't take away a borough's only source of access to the other boroughs. It's utterly ridiculous and irresponsible," said State Assemblyman Joesph Borelli.

Sharpton has also invited families of others who have died in confrontations with police.

NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton said on Thursday it's up to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to decide whether to authorize a closure of the bridge for the proposed demonstration.

Meanwhile, Garner's death was discussed at an NAACP meeting Thursday night on Staten Island.

Those who attended say all of the police officers involved in the incident need to be held accountable, even those who were just bystanders.

The president of the Staten Island NAACP chapter says he thinks Garner's death was racially motivated.

Garner died after police tried to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

They maintain he was resisting arrest.

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