A Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party official who once promised to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department is now calling for stricter criminal laws after she was beaten and bloodied in a carjacking outside her home this week.
Shivanthi Sathanandan, second vice president of the DFL, shared the news of her attack in a Wednesday post on Facebook, where she raged that the four young suspects should be brought to justice.
“I have a broken leg, deep lacerations on my head, bruises and cuts all over my body. And I have rage,” wrote Sathanandan, who said the beating occurred in front of her 4-year-old daughter and her 7-year-old son around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.
“These men knew what they were doing. I have no doubt they have done this before. Yet they are still on OUR STREETS. kill mothers Causing babies psychological trauma that a lifetime of therapy cannot alleviate. Without hesitation and without regrets,” Sathanandan continued.
The post included a selfie of Sathanandan, which showed blood running down the right side of his face.
“Now I am part of the statistics. I was not silent when I fought these men to save my life and the lives of my babies, and I will not be silent now. We need to get illegal guns off our streets, catch these young people running wild creating chaos throughout our city and KEEP THEM IN CUSTODY AND PROSECUTE THEM,” he said.
“Look at my face. REMEMBER ME when you are thinking about supporting allowing youth and young adults out of custody to roam our streets instead of MAKING THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.
Minneapolis police confirmed the carjacking in the Folwell neighborhood of Sathanandan in a statement to KSTP. His car was later recovered, but no suspects have been arrested.
Sathanandan thanked the “incredible” Minneapolis Police Department for assisting in the terrifying ordeal, a far cry from her attitude toward law enforcement three years ago when she posted online that she and other activists were going to “dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.” ”.
Sathanandan had called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be dismantled in 2020.shivanthi sathanandan/Facebook
“The MPD has systematically failed the black community, they have failed ALL OF US. It’s time to build new infrastructure that works for ALL communities. If you still don’t agree with that BASIC FACT, I’m not sure what to tell you,” she said in the June 5, 2020 post, less than two weeks after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police.
In another post on June 2 of that year, he applauded the Minneapolis School Board’s decision to terminate its contract with the department: “MPD should have no place in our children’s schools,” he wrote.
Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin told KSTP in a statement Thursday that he was “heartbroken by the news of Shivanthi’s attack.”
Sathanandan vowed to work to take back the streets of Minneapolis from criminals.shivanthi sathanandan/Facebook
“It is my sincerest hope that the people who attacked Shivanthi will be swiftly brought to justice and face punishment commensurate with the seriousness of their crimes,” he said. “My heart goes out to Shivanthi and her family and I hope her recovery from such a horrible experience is as quick as possible.”
The Post has contacted Sathanandan for comment.