Curated By: Abhro Banerjee
Last Updated: September 14, 2023, 08:47 IST
San Francisco, California, USA
India has strongly reacted and has demanded a probe into the case where a cop was heard joking with colleagues and mocking the death of an Indian student, Jaahnavi Kandula’s (23), who was killed after a police vehicle hit her in Seattle, United States.
This comes amid massive outrage over a purported bodycam video in which a police officer is heard joking and laughing about Kandula’s death.
The Consulate General of India in San Francisco on Wednesday termed the incident and the now viral video of the cop’s reaction as “deeply troubling”.
In a post on social media site X, the Indian Mission in San Francisco wrote: “Recent reports, including in media of the handling of Ms Jaahnavi Kandula’s death in a road accident in Seattle in January are deeply troubling. We have taken up the matter strongly with local authorities in Seattle & Washington State as well as senior officials in Washington DC.”
.. for a thorough investigation & action against those involved in this tragic case.The Consulate & Embassy will continue to closely follow up on this matter with all concerned authorities.@IndianEmbassyUS @MEAIndia— India in SF (@CGISFO) September 13, 2023
The Indian mission in its post mentioned that it has asked the authorities for a thorough investigation and action against those involved in this tragic case. “The Consulate and Embassy will continue to closely follow up on this matter with all authorities concerned,” added the post.
From Andhra Pradesh, Jaahnavi Kandula, was a student of Northeastern University campus in South Lake Union. She was walking near Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street when the police vehicle hit her.
At present, an investigation is underway by a city oversight agency after a body-worn camera recorded a conversation between two leaders of the Seattle Police Department union, following the tragic incident.
During the conversation, an officer is heard saying that the girl’s life was of “limited value” and that the city should write a check.
According to a report in Associated Press, Daniel Auderer, who is the vice president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, responded to the January 23 crash scene where another officer, Kevin Dave, struck and killed Jaahnavi Kandula, 23, in a crosswalk. Dave was driving 74 mph (119 kmph) on the way to an overdose call, and Auderer, a drug recognition expert, was assigned to evaluate whether Dave was impaired, The Seattle Times reported.
Afterward, Auderer left his body-worn camera on as he called guild President Mike Solan to report what happened. In a recording released by the police department Monday, Auderer laughs and suggests that Kandula’s life had “limited value” and the city should “just write a check.