The Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a protest march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in
Flanked by Garner's relatives, Sharpton made the announcement during a weekly meeting of the National Action Network on Saturday.
"Now it's time. Since the ME has made his determination, now is the time for the rubber to meet the road, and somebody to show, where we go," he said.
Sharpton, who said the march across the bridge linking Brooklyn and
Garner's case has been a source of controversy since July 17, when amateur videos emerged showing a New York police officer place him in a chokehold while trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.
After Garner was wrestled to the ground, and can be heard repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe," another officer is seen pressing the 43-year-old's head against the sidewalk.
Garner's death was ruled a homicide Friday by the New York City medical examiner's office. Those findings concluded that the actions of police led to his death, though his chronic asthma and weight were also contributing factors.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who allegedly applied the chokehold, has been stripped of his gun and badge. Officer Justin D’Amico remains on desk duty and both are facing an internal investigation.
Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said her reaction to the medical examiner's findings was simple: "Thank you, Jesus," she said.
"Eric, we won't let you down, no matter what they say," Sharpton said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.