Protest march underway in Washington

Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally. More than 10,000 protesters are converging on Washington in an effort to bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Civil rights organizations are holding a march to the Capitol on Saturday with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in incidents with white police officers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of protesters have marched to the Capitol, where relatives of several black men who died in incidents with white police officers are addressing the crowd.

Civil rights organizations held the Saturday march and rally to bring attention to such deaths and call for legislative action.

Among the speakers were civil rights leader The Rev. Al Sharpton; the widow of Eric Garner, killed by an officer in New York; the parents of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old killed in Ferguson, Missouri; and the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, killed in Ohio as he played with a pellet gun in a park.

Many asked the crowd to chant, “I can’t breathe.” Garner had gasped those words before his death while being arrested for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Protestors’ signs displayed that sentence as well as  “Black Lives Matter” and “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?”

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