Shivanthi Sathanandan, a radical leftist and prominent “defund the police” advocate, and the second vice chairwoman of the Democratic Farmer Labor party in Minneapolis, suffered the consequences of a decreased police presence during a heinous attack on Wednesday night.
Sathanandan reported a broken leg, severe head lacerations, and numerous cuts and bruises on her body after allegedly being assaulted by four armed juveniles in front of her children.
The assailants then stole her vehicle in broad daylight, as reported by KSTP.
“Yesterday my children and I were violently car jacked in the driveway of our home in Minneapolis. 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,” Sathanandan said in a post on Facebook Wednesday night. “Look at my face in the picture. This is the face of a mother who just had the s*** beaten out of her. A mother whose only thought was ‘let me run far enough so that my kids have a chance to get away.’”
“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 added.
“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.”
But her conclusion leaves the impression that she has not learned her lesson.
“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,” she went on. “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.
“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,” she added. “I’m so grateful for this community that wraps us in love.”
Sathanandan thus doesn’t appear to have changed her radical views, but at least she’s learned some real appreciation for police officers. That’s a start.