The Indian consulate in San Francisco has expressed deep concern and taken up the handling of the death of 23-year-old Indian national Jaahnavi Kandula, who was hit by a police car in Seattle. The incident has drawn attention due to the disturbing audio captured on a responding police officer’s body camera. We are uncovering everything that went down after the death of Jaahnavi Kandula.
The Audio horror
In the audio, police union leader Daniel Auderer is heard making inappropriate comments, suggesting that Kandula’s life had “limited value” and that the city should simply “write a check” for her death. He also inaccurately mentioned her age as 26.
What does the Indian Consulate in the US have to say
The Indian consulate has strongly raised this matter with local authorities in Seattle, Washington State, and senior officials in Washington DC, calling for a thorough investigation and appropriate action against those involved in this tragic case.
Jaahnavi Kandula was a student at Northeastern University and was set to graduate with a master’s degree in information systems. Her family, deeply affected by the incident, has questioned the remarks made by the police officer and emphasized that every life holds value.
US Congressman Ro Khanna has also stated that the life of every Indian immigrant has infinite value.
Active investigation going on
The Seattle Police Department has initiated an investigation into the matter following the revelation of the conversation. The case highlights the need for accountability and sensitivity in law enforcement, especially in cases involving tragic accidents.