Shivanthi Sathanandan, a radical leftist and second vice chairwoman of the Democratic Farmer Labor party in Minneapolis, who was left bruised and bloodied during the incident, is calling for "accountability" despite her past history of being a notable "defund the police" agitator.
Sathanandan said in a Facebook post that she suffered a broken leg, deep lacerations to her head, and cuts and bruises all over her body when four armed juveniles allegedly beat her to the ground in front of her children and then stole her vehicle in broad daylight, according to KSTP.
"Look at my face. REMEMBER ME when you are thinking about supporting letting juveniles and young people out of custody to roam our streets instead of HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. You could have been reading the obituary for me and my children today," Sathanandan wrote.
"But instead I'm here. To write this," she continued. "Look at my face. These criminals will not win. We need to take back our city. And this will not be the last you hear from me about this. Thank you to the incredible Minneapolis 4th Precinct Officers, Mayor Frey, Chief O'Hara, Paramedics, neighbors, friends and DFL family, who all came to our aide during this terrifying experience. I'm so grateful for this community that wraps us in love."
In June of 2020, Sathanandan wrote in a post on Facebook: "We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Say it with me. DISMANTLE The Minneapolis Police Department."
Sathanandan's comments on her alleged brutal attack imply that she may have reversed course surrounding her previous advocacy to "dismantle" the Minneapolis Police Department.
"As allies, what can we do right now? LISTEN and LEARN from our Black siblings. And then AMPLIFY this message right now, in this moment. MPD has systematically failed the Black Community, they have failed ALL OF US. It's time to build a new infrastructure that works for ALL communities. If you are still disagreeing with that BASIC FACT, I'm not sure what to say to you. I'm proud of the radical leadership and organizing of Jeremiah Bey Ellison and Phillipe Cunningham....If you live in Minneapolis, call and email your City Council Member to voice your support. If you don't live in Minneapolis, be LOUD. Spread this message. Show your support. NOW is the moment for change," she wrote.
After Sathanandan shared the incident on her Facebook account, individuals flocked to the comments to ask if she "regrets" being at the forefront of dismantling the police department, which has left Minneapolis residents in increased danger.
Credit: Shivanthi Sathanandan Facebook
"No one should have this happen to them, children present or otherwise. Not ever. Nevertheless, HOW COULD Ms. Sathanandan NOT SEE THIS COMING, considering the efforts of her party? If you fight for a lawless state, lawlessness happens in broad daylight," one individual wrote.
"Sometimes you have to lay in the bed you made," said another to the vice chairwoman.
"You literally did everything in your power to dismantle the police," another added. "Now you're reaping what you sowed."
"She is directly responsible for this. She should resign in disgrace," an individual commented.
According to the Minneapolis Police Department, Sathanandan's vehicle was recovered after being found abandoned. No suspects involved in the attack have been identified or taken into custody.
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