A far-left Minneapolis activist fell victim to a severe armed carjacking in her driveway on a recent Tuesday evening.
Shivanthi Sathanandan, a staunch leftist and the second vice chairwoman of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minneapolis, now demands “accountability” for the crime — in stark contrast to her previous position as a prominent “defund the police” advocate.
“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 said in a post on Facebook.
“But instead I’m here. To write this,” she added. “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 aid during this terrifying experience. I’m so grateful for this community that wraps us in love.”
Sathanandan’s recent remarks hint at a potential shift in her stance, especially considering her past calls to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department.
“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Say it with me. DISMANTLE The Minneapolis Police Department,” Sathanandan wrote in June of 2020.
“As allies, what can we do right now? LISTEN and LEARN from our Black siblings,” Sathandandan exhorted. “And then AMPLIFY this message right now, in this moment. 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. 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.”
Following the sharing of her traumatic experience on Facebook, many individuals took to the comments section. They pointed out the irony of her situation, given her previous advocacy against the police.
“Sometimes you have to lay in the bed you made,” one person commented to the vice chairwoman.
“You literally did everything in your power to dismantle the police,” another individual pointed out. “Now you’re reaping what you sowed.”
“She is directly responsible for this. She should resign in disgrace,” another commenter stated.
The Minneapolis Police Department has since reported that Sathanandan’s vehicle was recovered after being found abandoned. The culprits behind the attack remain unidentified and at large.
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