Sat. May 18th, 2024

A Seattle Police officer, who joked about the death of a 23-year-old Indian student earlier this year, has been taken off patrol duty, following demands for action from the South Asian community. Jaahnavi Kandula was killed by a speeding police car while crossing a street in January. Officer Daniel Auderer, a member of the SPD’s traffic squad and vice president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, has been administratively reassigned to a non-operational position. The police department had released body-cam footage in which Auderer can be seen laughing about the crash and dismissing any implication of fault or the need for a criminal investigation. Auderer referred to Kandula as a “regular person” and suggested the department “write a check” for compensation. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to consider charges against the officer involved in the incident. The handling of Kandula’s death has raised concerns, with the Consulate General of India in San Francisco calling it “deeply troubling.” The Consulate has sought a thorough investigation and action against those involved in the case.

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