Shivanthi Sathanandan, the Second Vice Chairwoman for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, has altered her stance on police defunding after a harrowing incident that unfolded at her home. Sathanandan, who was an advocate for defunding the police during the George Floyd riots in 2020, took to Facebook to share the brutal details of a violent carjacking that transpired at her residence.
On Tuesday, Sathanandan revealed that she was attacked by four armed individuals in broad daylight, leaving her bloodied and battered. In a disturbing post, she shared a photo of her injured face and described the traumatic episode. The assailants, armed with guns, not only targeted her but also held neighbors at gunpoint when they rushed to her aid.
The DFL official disclosed that she suffered a broken leg, deep lacerations on her head, and various bruises and cuts on her body. She passionately expressed her rage and highlighted the psychological trauma inflicted on her children during the horrifying incident.
In a surprising twist, Sathanandan, who was once vocal about defunding the police, now demands urgent action to address the proliferation of illegal guns and the apprehension of those responsible for such violent crimes. She emphasized the need to hold these individuals in custody and prosecute them without hesitation.
Her plea for accountability and swift action echoes a stark departure from her previous calls to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, which she had fervently supported in 2020. At that time, she had championed the removal of police officers from schools, asserting that the Minneapolis Police Department had no place in the educational environment.
Expressing gratitude to law enforcement in her recent post, Sathanandan vowed that the criminals responsible for the assault would not prevail. She asserted the imperative of reclaiming the city and signaled her commitment to continued advocacy against such violence.
Carjackings continues to afflict the city; this week DFL 2nd Vice Chairwoman Shivanthi Sathanandan was violently attacked and carjacked in front of her children in the driveway of her MPLS home in broad daylight.
She says she suffered a broken leg, deep… pic.twitter.com/83b2RJuF0D
— Rebecca Brannon (@RebsBrannon) September 7, 2023
This incident adds a personal dimension to the ongoing debate on law enforcement and public safety, prompting renewed discussions about the consequences of defunding the police and the need for effective measures to combat rising crime rates.