Minneapolis is on fire following large-scale uprisings in protest of George Floyd’s killing, and one business owner is less concerned with his property and more focused on justice.
Floyd, 46, died after four police officers detained him and one officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed. All four officers were fired after a video documenting Floyd’s death went viral. Currently, only one officer has been arrested and charged, as Blavity previously reported.
On Thursday, the city erupted after restless crowds set a police precinct on fire along with other local businesses. One Minneapolis business owner, whose establishment was damaged in the aftermath, has spoken out with an admirable perspective: they are still supporting the protests and hold no animosity toward protesters.
The National Guard has been deployed to quell the uprisings in the city, reports the Hill.
After Gandhi Mahal Restaurant caught on fire during the uprisings, the daughter of the owner took to their Facebook to update their patrons and offer support in favor of Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Hello everyone! Thank you to everyone for checking in. Sadly Gandhi Mahal has caught fire and has been damaged. We won’t [lose] hope though, I am so [grateful] for our ￼neighbors who did their best to stand guard and protect Gandhi Mahal, [your] efforts won’t go unrecognized," read the Friday post from the daughter of owner Ruhel Islam.
Today reports that during the onset of the uprisings, the restaurant was used as a place for protesters to protect themselves from the police.
"Don’t worry about us, we will rebuild and we will recover," the post continued. "This is Hafsa, Ruhel’s daughter writing, as I am sitting next to my dad watching the news, I hear him say on the phone; 'let my building burn, Justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail.' Gandhi Mahal May have felt the flames last night, but our firey drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die! Peace be with everyone, #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #BLM."
Gandhi Mahal’s show of support has gone viral and racked up tens of thousands of Facebook shares.
Other publicly expressed opinions were not as tolerant. President Donald Trump went to his favorite outlet to call rioters “thugs” and seemingly support additional police brutality.
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
“….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” wrote the president of the United States on Twitter, as Blavity previously reported.