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Some Staten Island Businesses To Close For Eric Garner March

Letter to Staten Island businesses regarding Eric Garner march. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Letter to Staten Island businesses regarding Eric Garner march. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is warning local merchants to consider closing their doors on Saturday in case violence breaks out during a march against police brutality.

The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to lead thousands of people during this weekend’s march for Eric Garner.

Some Staten Island Businesses To Close For Eric Garner March

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Paul Murnane reports

Sharpton said Wednesday that the march would be peaceful and organizers would not tolerate violence. But the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce sent a flier to businesses warning that “there is no guarantee that everyone in attendance will act sensibly,” the Staten Island Advance reported.

Several merchants in the borough’s North Shore area said they’ll close during the march.

The 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift at one bagel store has already been scratched.

“There is only going to be two people, which is me and one of my cooks,” a store employee told WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane. “To me, I don’t want to risk it just in case it does turn out to be big.”

Other small business owners said they are taking the wait-and-see approach.

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