Police Defunding Advocate Assaulted And Carjacked At Minneapolis Residence

Shivanthi Sathanandan serves as the vice chairwoman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. In June 2020, Alpha News reported her strong endorsement of the dismantling of the Minneapolis police department.

On social media, she expressed gratitude to two city council members for their bold leadership in pursuing this objective, stating, “We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Say it with me.”

However, her recent experience of being carjacked in front of her residence and sustaining severe injuries has prompted her to adopt a different perspective.

On Tuesday evening, Sathanandan endured a violent assault and carjacking incident in the driveway of her Minneapolis home while her children witnessed the traumatic event.

She shared a Facebook post containing a photograph of her injured face along with a message saying, “Four very young men, all carrying guns, beat me violently down to the ground in front of our kids. The young men held our neighbors up at gunpoint when they ran over and tried to help me. All in broad daylight.”

She continued, “These men knew what they were doing. I have NO DOUBT they have done this before. Yet they are still on OUR STREETS. Killing mothers. Giving babies psychological trauma that a lifetime of therapy cannot ease. With no hesitation and no remorse.”

She then added, “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.”

Sathanandan’s post prompted numerous empathetic users to express their concern and compassion.

Ken Martin, the Minnesota DFL Chairman, conveyed his deep sadness over Shivanthi’s assault in a statement to KSTP on Thursday.

He said, “It is my sincere hope that the people who assaulted Shivanthi are quickly brought to justice and face punishment commensurate with the severity of their crimes. My heart goes out to Shivanthi and her family, and I hope their recovery from such a horrifying experience is as swift as possible.”

However, some individuals highlighted that Sathanandan had spearheaded efforts to disband the police department in June 2020, during the peak of the Black Lives Matter protests.

Sathanandan’s SUV was eventually found, but the police currently lack any descriptions of the assailants.

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