As racial tensions simmer in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department last week, major American cities are instituting curfews again Wednesday night in an effort to keep peace in their streets following violent unrest in recent days.
Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and more are telling residents to stay inside Wednesday night as they try to get a handle on the turbulence, which has happened largely after dark.
Taken together, the widespread and long-lasting curfews represent a crackdown on millions of Americans' freedom of movement in an effort to prevent violence that's stemmed from racial animosity following Floyd's death.
A number of other cities are also mandating that their residents -- with few enumerated exceptions -- stay home Wednesday night.
Floyd died last week after a Minneapolis Police Department officer used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground by his neck for several minutes as Floyd begged for air.