Floyd became unresponsive as Officer Derek Chauvin applied pressure on his neck. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by state prosecutors, CBS News reported.
Ruhel says he experienced a similar movement as a result of a “traumatic police state” in Bangladesh, with two of his peers killed by police officers during a dictatorship.
The restaurant, which was named in honor of Mohandas K. Gandhi, had seen at least 200 people come and go as they opened their business as a makeshift field hospital last Tuesday.
“Sure, we had our business. Sure, we were trying to keep our kitchen open. But more than anything, we were concerned for our people,” Ruhel’s daughter said.
Rachael Joseph started a fundraiser for the restaurant to give back to them for their contributions and kindness to the community. She described how “heartbreaking” it was to see the community in such a state following the fire, she wrote in a Facebook post.
“They have been a refuge to the BIPOC community since George Floyd’s murder and Gandhi Mahal is unrecognizable,” Joseph wrote.
The fundraiser surpassed its $3,000 goal, raising over $64,000.
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