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Protesters march in N.Y., D.C., against police killings

More than 10,000 converged on the nation's capital to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men by police.

By Amy R. Connolly
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Protesters march in N.Y., D.C., against police killings
Demonstrators gather at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Ave. during the 'Justice For All' march on December 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Activist gathered in the Nations Capitol to bring attention to the recent incidents of police brutality against African Americans and to protest the recent Mike Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions. UPI/Gabriella Demczuk | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Thousands of protesters are continuing to converge on cities including Washington D.C. and New York City on Saturday to call for an end to police brutality and demand legislative changes.

Organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and sponsored by other civil-rights organizations nationwide, busloads of marchers from as far away as Florida and Connecticut gathered in the nation's capital with signs that read "Black Lives Matter." Thousands made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue as crowds far surpassed the expected 5,000 people.

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In San Francisco and Oakland, thousands are expected to fill Bay Area streets for the Millions March despite torrential rains that have flooded some areas.

Large and small protests, some violent, have continued across the country since grand juries declined to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown, 18, and Eric Garner, 43. The families of Brown and Garner were expected join the crowd in the march to the Capitol.

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The protesters are calling for better police training, body cameras, legislative changes and changes to grand jury proceedings to restore the faith legal system.

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