Shivanthi Sathanandan, a Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party official who had previously looked to “dismantle” the Minneapolis police department, has changed her tune after she was beaten in a carjacking by four men in front of her young children.
Now she is calling for stricter laws and stepped-up police enforcement.
On Wednesday, Sathanandan, the second vice chair of the party, posted a photo of her bloodied face on Facebook, along with a first-hand account of the incident.
“Yesterday my children and I were violently carjacked in the driveway of our home in Minneapolis,” she said. “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.
“Look at my face in the picture. This is the face of a mother who just had the s*** beaten out of her,” she continued. “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.’ 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 backyard, her neighbors screaming in outrage… all while being beaten with guns and kicks and fists.”
Sathanandan described having a broken leg, deep lacerations on her head, bruising, and cuts all over her body.
“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,” she wrote.
“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. 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.”
According to the newspaper Minneapolis Police have confirmed the carjacking.
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