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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."

  • Crowds gathered for the event outside the courthouse where Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was last month convicted of Floyd's May 25, 2020, murder. The killing sparked massive protests against police brutality and racism in the U.S. and across the world.

What they're saying: Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton said during a rally address: "George Floyd should not go down in history as just someone with a knee on his neck. George Floyd should go down in history that broke the neck of police racism, police brutality, and police illegality."

People marching during the remembrance event, organized by the National Action Network and members of George Floyd's family. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
People gather during the May 23 Minneapolis rally. Sharpton told the crowd "convicting Chauvin is not enough," as he urged lawmakers to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, CBS News reports. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
People listening to a speech during the May 23 Minneapolis remembrance rally. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton (L) greeting Bridgette Floyd at the rally outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on May 23. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
People marching during the May 23 remembrance demonstration in Minneapolis. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Attorney Ben Crump (C) speaking, flanked by Sharpton, the founder and President of National Action Network, and Bridgett Floyd during the May 23 remembrance event. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images
A man reacting as pastor Carmen Means speaks to a group gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center on May 23 in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

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"Defund the Police" lives on as a local movement

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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.

Makeshift memorials tell a lonely story

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Police shootings captured on video often drive a lot of media attention, but after the funeral, it leaves victims' families with years of pain and a lonely journey with little sense of closure or justice.

Why it matters: Unlike organizations that provide support for victims of mass shootings or drunk drivers, families who have lost loved ones at the hands of police say there's no nationally known group currently that represents them as they grow in number. Instead, communities respond by erecting makeshift memorials and RIP murals (rest-in-peace public art) in honor of those killed by officers.

Naomi Osaka eliminated from Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo

Czech 42nd-ranked Marketa Vondrousova (L) shakes hands with Japan's Naomi Osaka after their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles third round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Olympics after losing her Tokyo tennis tournament match 6-1, 6-4 in the third round to Czech Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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