A US police officer was seen chuckling after an accident that resulted in the death of an Indian student.
Officer Daniel Auderer is heard in the video talking about the accident investigation involving graduate student Jaahnavi Kandula, 23.
After an officer was captured on his body camera smiling and joking about an Indian-origin lady who was killed by a police patrol car in January of this year, the Seattle police union officials were the target of an investigation, according to the New York Post.
Officer Daniel Auderer can be heard discussing the accident involving graduate student Jaahnavi Kandula, who was killed by his colleague, Officer Kevin Dave, on January 23, in the video that was made public on Monday. The 23-year-old attended Northeastern University’s Seattle campus for her master’s degree.
In the video, the vice president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, Daniel Auderer, can be heard saying, “She is dead,” before laughing and referring to Ms. Kandula as “a regular person,” during a call with the guild’s president. Through fits of laughing, he continued, “Yeah, just write a check. A million and one dollars.
He misstates her age by saying: “She was 26 anyway, she had limited value” as the clip comes to a close.
Following the publication of the video, the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) released a statement in which they referred to the exchange between Mr. Auderer and his colleague as “heartbreaking and shockingly insensitive.”
The CPC continued, “The people of Seattle deserve better from a police department that is charged with cultivating community trust and ensuring public safety.”
When the Police Accountability Office finished its investigation into the event, the Seattle police department, which had published the footage “in the interest of transparency,” stated it would not comment further.
Notably, Ms. Kandula, an Andhra Pradesh native from the Kurnool area, passed away in South Lake Union after being struck by a Seattle police patrol car. According to a statement from the Seattle Police Department, the officer operating the marked patrol SUV was traveling north on Dexter Avenue North when the Seattle Fire Department and they were called to a “priority one call.” According to the statement, the pedestrian was struck by the car as she crossed the street from east to west.
Initially, Auderer said the cop was not “out of control” and was driving his car at 50 miles per hour. Later, the police investigation discovered that the vehicle was traveling at 74 MPH when it struck Ms. Kandula. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that several blunt-force injuries were the cause of death.
Jaahnavi Kandula was enrolled at the South Lake Union campus of Northeastern University and was scheduled to graduate with a master’s in information systems in December.
According to a statement from the Seattle Police Department, the officer operating the marked patrol SUV was traveling north on Dexter Avenue North when the Seattle Fire Department and they were called to a “priority one call.” According to the statement, the pedestrian was struck by the car as she crossed the street from east to west.
According to a statement made by the Seattle Police department, officers were called to the scene of a collision between a marked police car and a pedestrian close to the junction of Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street in South Lake Union. After 8 o’clock (local time), the police arrived at the scene of the collision and discovered the 23-year-old female victim who was in critical condition.
According to the statement, police started CPR while they waited for the Seattle Fire Department to arrive. Later, the female victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad of the Seattle Police Department is looking into the accident.
To assist in the search for the third suspect, Jonesboro police contacted the Clayton County Police Department.
The suspect was quickly found by the police hiding in the neighboring woodland area. The teenager then pulled out a revolver and started shooting, which killed the police canine.
After being brought to the hospital, the dog passed away from his wounds.
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“The current state of affairs is terrible. We abhor it. Such things should never occur, Parks told the media.