A Minneapolis Democratic Party leader who called for the local police department to be “dismantled” during the George Floyd riots is now praising them for their efforts after being attacked by a gang of criminals on Tuesday. Shivanthi Sathanandan, the Second Vice Chairwoman for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, was the victim of a violent carjacking that left her with severe injuries according to a Facebook post shared on Wednesday—and now she’s calling for the offenders to be held accountable.

Minneapolis Democrat Shivanthi Sathanandan, who called for the city's police department to be dismantled in 2020, was the victim of a violent carjacking.Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Second Vice Chairwoman Shivanthi Sathanandan | (DFL.org)
Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Second Vice Chairwoman Shivanthi Sathanandan | (DFL.org)

“Yesterday my children and I were violently carjacked in the driveway of our home in Minneapolis,” Sathanandan wrote on Facebook alongside a picture of her bloodied face. “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 continued to describe how she “had the s**t beaten out of her” in front of her seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. The assault left her with a broken leg, a deep laceration to her head, and various cuts and bruises all over her body—but it also left her with “rage” against her attackers.

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

Lamenting that she is now “part of the statistics,” she issued a call to get illegal guns off the streets while also prosecuting the “young people who are running wild creating chaos” in Minneapolis.

“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,” she added.

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Minneapolis police department confirmed the carjacking and revealed that the abandoned vehicle had been recovered later that day, though no details were released on the suspects. Sathanandan thanked the officers who responded to the scene, as well as Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Brian O’Hara.

However, her appreciation for law enforcement stands in stark contrast to statements she made in the summer of 2020 when nationwide race riots broke out following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of that same police department

Sathanandan had called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be dismantled in 2020.shivanthi sathanandan/Facebook
shivanthi sathanandan/Facebook

“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,” she wrote on Facebook at the time. “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.”

A separate post also celebrated the removal of MPD officers from the city’s public schools.

The attack on Shivanthi Sathanandan comes amid a years-long uptick in violent crime nationwide, with carjacking incidents and assaults becoming a daily occurrence in most major cities. Soft-on-crime prosecutors and hamstrung police departments are proving to be increasingly unwilling or unable to address street crime, leading to decreasing quality of life for law-abiding citizens.

Minnesota DLF Chairman Ken Martin told a local news outlet that he is “heartbroken at the news of Shivanthi’s attack.”

“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,” Martin said. “My heart goes out to Shivanthi and her family and I hope their recovery from such a horrifying experience is as swift as possible.”

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