The tragic incident involving a 23-year-old exchange student named Jaahnavi Kandula from India has sent shockwaves through Seattle, US, prompting investigations and raising serious questions about the conduct of some members of the city's police department.
This event unfolded when Kandula was struck and killed by a Seattle Police car earlier this year, which was travelling at an alarming speed of 75 mph (119 kmph) in a 25 mph (40 kmph) zone while she was using a crosswalk.
The circumstances surrounding her death are troubling, and newly-released police bodycam footage has only added to the controversy.
Everyone needs to watch this.— Robert Greenwald (@robertgreenwald) September 12, 2023
A Seattle cop mocks the death of a woman killed by a speeding patrol car and says she "had limited value."
Her name was Jaahnavi Kandula. She was a 23-year-old grad student raised by a single mother.
Absolutely disgusting. pic.twitter.com/9q5orIopTY
Auderer had arrived at the scene of the tragedy, where Officer Kevin Dave, driving at break-neck speed on his way to another call, struck and fatally injured Kandula.
The severity of the collision threw her more than 100 feet.
In the aftermath of the incident, Jason Rantz, a talk radio host on KTTH-AM, revealed that Auderer had provided a written statement to the city's Office of Police Accountability.
The officer heard mocking the death of a 23-year-old woman is Daniel Auderer.— Robert Greenwald (@robertgreenwald) September 12, 2023
He's been involved in 29 INCIDENTS of misconduct and he's the vice president of the Seattle police union.
This rotten system isn't going to reform itself. https://t.co/4VxpZGHwGT
Auderer's defence hardly softens the impact of his callous comments. Regardless of his intentions, his words were devoid of the empathy and compassion one would hope to see from a law enforcement official in his position.
Kandula's had travelled to the United States from Adoni in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district in 2021. Kandula was working towards completing her master's degree in information systems from the Seattle campus of Northeastern University, with graduation anticipated in December 2023.
This reduction raises concerns about the department's ability to self-police and maintain the trust of the community it serves.
In a written statement, the Seattle Police Department acknowledged the existence of the video footage and indicated that it was identified by an employee who raised concerns about the nature of the statements made. The matter, they said, was appropriately escalated through their chain of command, and it was referred to the Office of Police Accountability by Chief Adrian Diaz.