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India’s Response to US Release of Cop Who Ran Over Andhra Student

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New Delhi: The Indian Consulate General in Seattle said it has brought up the issue with the local authorities, following reports that a US police officer involved in the death of Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula is not being prosecuted.

The US court decision that ignored criminal charges against a Seattle police officer for the death of 23-year-old Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula has been appealed by India. The prosecutor said that there was “insufficient evidence” to file criminal charges against the officer.
On January 23, 2018, while Seattle police officer Kevin Dave was responding to a drug overdose call, his speeding car struck Jaahnavi, an Andhra Pradesh master’s student. The police car hit the 23-year-old at almost 120 kmph, sending her flying 100 feet.

Officer Dave’s colleague Daniel Auderer was captured on camera laughing about the deadly crash, assuring him that Jaahnavi was “26 anyway” and “had limited value,” so he won’t face any charges.

The Indian embassy said that while it is working to ensure her family’s case to justice, it is currently awaiting the conclusion of the Seattle police investigation.

“The Consulate has been in constant communication with the designated family representatives regarding the recently released investigation report of the King County Prosecution Attorney regarding the untimely death of Jaahnavi Kandula. We will persist in providing all the assistance that we can to guarantee justice for Jaahnavi and her family.” In order to get the proper redress, we have also brought up the issue vigorously with local authorities, such as Seattle Police. The case has now been forwarded to the office of the Seattle City Attorney for review. The embassy released a statement saying, “We await the conclusion of Seattle Police’s administrative investigation and will continue to monitor progress on the case.”

Though concerned about Officer Auderer’s “appalling and deeply troubling” remarks, King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion stated on Friday that they do not change the legal analysis of Officer Dave’s actions. In their statement, the prosecution claimed they lacked “sufficient evidence” to demonstrate that Officer Dave had a “conscious disregard for others’ safety.”

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