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Democratic Party Official Left Bloodied In Carjacking Attack

Democratic Party Official Left Bloodied In Carjacking Attack

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (IANS) – A Democratic leader of Indian and Sri Lankan descent here was beaten and bloodied by four young men in front of her children in a carjacking incident, which took place outside her home.

Shivanthi Sathanandan, a Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor (DFL) Party official, said the attack, which occurred on September 5 morning, left her with a broken leg, deep lacerations on the head, and bruising and cuts all over her body.

“You could have been reading the obituary for me and my children today. But instead, I’m here. To write this… I have a broken leg, deep lacerations on my head, bruising, and cuts all over my body. And I have rage,” Sathanandan wrote in a Facebook post.

“Four very young men, all carrying guns, beat me violently down to the ground in front of our kids. The young men held our neighbours up at gunpoint when they ran over and tried to help me. All in broad daylight,” she said.

Sathanandan, the Second Vice Chairwoman for the DFL, a Democratic party affiliate, said her four-year-old daughter “screamed non-stop” and her seven-year-old son wailed for help “because bad guys are murdering his Mama in the backyard”.

Sharing her bloodied picture on Facebook, Sathanandan called for tougher crime laws after being beaten with “guns, kicks and fists”.

“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,” Sathanandan 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.”

Confirming the incident, the Minneapolis Police said in a statement to KSTP channel that Sathanandan’s vehicle was later abandoned by the suspects and recovered, but no suspects have been arrested so far.

Sathanandan, who had pledged to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department three years ago, thanked Minneapolis 4th Precinct Officers, Mayor Jacob Frey, paramedics, neighbors, friends, and DFL family, who came to her rescue “during this terrifying experience”.

Sathanandan made history as the first woman of color and first South Asian woman to be elected as Second Vice Chair of Minnesota’s DFL. She has been involved with the party since 2006. Since then, she has served as Vice Chair of the 4th Congressional District, a member of the State Outreach and Inclusion Committee, co-chair of the State Credentials Committee, a board member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, and a board member of the Minnesota Asian Democratic Association (also a constituency caucus of the DFL).

Daughter of immigrants, Sathanandan grew up in St. Paul and is a University of Minnesota graduate.

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  • Defund the police zealot realizes it was a bad idea, Hope she recovers from this traumatic experience.

    September 8, 2023
  • Why is this a Indian and immigrant issue?
    Why make it sound like it was an attack on Indians. It was an attack on people with money.

    September 8, 2023
    • It surely is just a crime against Humanity, not just against an Indian. Nevertheless, it indicatesthat the issue is coming nearer home – not just limited to the ‘other’. Besides, the crime may be rooted against anti-Indian and anti-immigrant prejudice and heir successes cannot be readily ruled out. After all the lady was a pathbreaker in her role as Vice Chair of the 4th Congressional District. But at the end of it all,one cannot readily deny the role of the easy accessibility to guns played in all this. We cannot simply hide behind underage, deranged mind or proclivity towards criminal hehavior.

      September 8, 2023
  • During the Black Lives Matter movement there were several slogans about dismantling the police. However, nowadays seeing the growing crime like Slash and Grab roberries of businesses and home invasion robberies (some of which started during the Black Live Matter street protests when police were preoccupied with controlling the protesters and criminals were looting shops in Los Angeles and other cities) the sloganers are realizing their mistake in eliminating or reducting police forces, just as Sathanandan has experienced and changed her previous thinking. Now newly elected Mayor Bass is recruiting more police to counter the crime wave.

    September 8, 2023

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