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Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The memorial on the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, known as "George Floyd Square," will be taken down Thursday — more than a year after Floyd's death, the Washington Post reports.

Between the lines: "City leaders have faced increasing pressure to reopen the intersection because of what neighbors and business owners describe as an uptick in violence in the area," the Post writes.

  • Imez Wright, who worked as a security guard near the memorial, was killed during a shooting at the intersection in March.
  • The one-year anniversary of Floyd's death last month was disrupted by gunshots, according to NBC Chicago.

The Minneapolis Police Department was not involved with the removal of the memorial, per CBS Minnesota.

State of play: The city's move to reopen the intersection comes a day after the sentencing hearing of Derek Chauvin, where prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Chauvin to 30 years in prison after being convicted of murder and manslaughter.

What they're saying: Sarah McKenzie, a spokeswoman for the city of Minneapolis, told the Post, "This is a community-led reconnection process with the City supporting efforts to reopen the intersection while preserving artworks and memorials to George Floyd."

  • She also told the Post that the city is working with a community group on the transition of the memorial.
  • Mayor Jacob Frey said the decision was made as part of the city’s plan to “help restore and heal the community,” in a joint statement with city council members Thursday.

Go deeper: Families of police shooting victims left with years of pain, little sense of justice

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Kim Potter faces first-degree manslaughter charge in Daunte Wright death

A community leader speaks as protesters rally outside the Brooklyn Center police station to protest the death of Daunte Wright. Photo: KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images

Minnesota prosecutors upgraded charges Thursday against Kim Potter, the former police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.

Why it matters: Potter is now charged with first-degree manslaughter in addition to a prior charge of second-degree manslaughter, but activists have pushed for murder charges during protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, AP notes.

NYC mayor orders city workers back to their offices

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is directing the city's municipal office workers to return to in-person work by Sept. 13, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Despite growing concerns about the Delta variant, de Blasio is intent on showing the city reopening, a promise made during an aggressive vaccination campaign.

Updated Sep 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Progressives call on Senate to reject Rahm Emanuel's ambassador nomination

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rahm Emanuel. Photos: Kevin Dietsch (left); Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) and Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo.) urged the Senate on Wednesday to reject Rahm Emanuel's nomination for U.S. ambassador to Japan, accusing the former Chicago mayor of helping "cover up" the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a police officer in 2014.

Why it matters: Their statements reflect progressives' anger at President Biden's decision to nominate Emanuel, a close ally who also served as President Obama's chief of staff from 2009 to 2010.

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