A Minnesota DFL Party official, a Democrat who called for defunding the police in the wake of the Floyd riots, has now changed her position after being violently attacked.
The Second Vice Chairwoman for the DFL, Shivanthi Sathanandan, posted a harrowing image of her bloodied face from the attack on Tuesday after she was carjacked at her home.
“Four very young men, all carrying guns, beat me violently down to the ground in front of our kids,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
“The young men held our neighbors up at gunpoint when they ran over and tried to help me. All in broad daylight.”
“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 and fight hard enough so that my kids have a chance to get away,'” she continued.
“This is the face of a mother who just listened to her four-year-old daughter screaming non-stop, her 7 year old son wailing for someone to come help because bad guys are murdering his Mama in the back yard, her neighbors screaming in outrage… all while being beaten with guns and kicks and fists.”
Democrat Sathanandan said after being violently attacked she had a broken leg, deep lacerations on her head, and cuts all over her body.
“And I have rage,” she said.
“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 erase. With no hesitation and no remorse.”
“I’m now part of the statistics. I wasn’t silent when I fought these men to save my life and my babies, and I won’t be silent now,” she continued. “We need to get illegal guns off of our streets, catch these young people who are running wild creating chaos across our city and HOLD THEM IN CUSTODY AND PROSECUTE THEM. PERIOD.”
“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.
She then praised law enforcement, in apparent contrast to her previous ‘defund the police’ stance:
“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.”
Sathanandan called for defunding the police back in 2020.
“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Say it with me,” she wrote on Facebook at the time. “DISMANTLE The Minneapolis Police Department.”
She also praised the Minneapolis School Board for pulling police officers out of the schools.
“MPD should have no place in our children’s schools,” she wrote.