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Photo: Christian Monterrosa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It's been five weeks since Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder, but the intersection of 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed still has not reopened.

Flashback: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he would reopen the intersection, now known as George Floyd Square, after the verdict.

Driving the news: Frey told the AP late last week that the city will move toward a phased reopening and "safe and peaceful reconnection" after the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death.

  • Worth noting: That promise, like the last one, didn't come with a specific timeline.

Why it matters: Business owners and residents have described a neighborhood overtaken by shootings and violence and said the city has abandoned them.

Yes, but: Activists guarding the area said they will not agree to a reopening until a long list of demands is met, from recalling Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to investing $156 million over the next 10 years in community services.

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Updated May 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Minneapolis marks 1st anniversary of George Floyd's death

People march during an inaugural remembrance rally for George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 23. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Members of George Floyd's family and civil rights leaders led a remembrance rally and march in his honor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sunday — the first of three days of activities marking the first anniversary of his death.

The big picture: The George Floyd Memorial Foundation, founded by his sister Bridgett Floyd, said in a statement it's to "demonstrate our continued call for accountability and reform, because the right to equal justice should not be conditional or based upon a person's color."

"Defund the Police" lives on as a local movement

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In the absence of support from President Biden and most national Democrats, the "Defund the Police" movement has gone local, ushering in an unprecedented wave of cuts to departments in major cities around the country in the year since George Floyd's death.

The big picture: At least 20 large U.S. cities have reduced their police budgets in some form, adding up to some $840 million, per data from the progressive group Interrupting Criminalization and media reports from across the country. 25 have ended contracts with police operating in schools.

CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

Photo: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

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