In a recent revelation, a conversation between two police officers has surfaced, leaving many uneasy and disturbed. The discussion revolves around the tragic incident involving 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula, a promising Indian graduate student, who lost her life in January after being struck by a Seattle police squad car. The circumstances surrounding this event are deeply concerning, as the vehicle was traveling at an alarming 63 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone while responding to a call.
What was the conversation?
The conversation, captured on body camera footage obtained from police union vice president Daniel Auderer, has shed light on the unsettling tone among law enforcement officials. In the recording, Mr. Auderer appears to make a callous joke regarding potential compensation for Jaahnavi Kandula’s family should they choose to pursue legal action against the department. Notably, for brevity, pauses have been trimmed from the clip.
- [Daniel] Yeah, just write a check. Yeah. (laughs) $11,000. She was 26 anyway. Her value was limited. But she’s gone. (laughs) No, it’s an ordinary person.
The insensitive nature of these comments has ignited outrage and concern within the community, prompting the Seattle Office of Police Accountability to launch an investigation into the matter. This development comes in the wake of a complaint filed by an officer who discovered the video last month and was deeply troubled by its contents.
We need to move towards a compassionate society
As the investigation unfolds, many are left grappling with a complex set of emotions and questions surrounding the treatment of Jaahnavi Kandula’s tragic loss and the response from those entrusted with upholding the law. It is imperative that this incident serves as a catalyst for discussions on accountability, transparency, and reform within law enforcement agencies across the nation. The events surrounding Jaahnavi Kandula’s untimely passing should not only be a call to action for the Seattle community, but for all of us who seek a more just and compassionate society.
Not all police officers are bad
We must remember that if it wasn’t for the police officer who seen this video and released it, the public would have never known about the conversation and how Officer Daniel viewed the accident that he had caused. Therefore, we must not paint all police officers with the same brush and think they are all the same when they are not.
Thanks to the officer who put their career on the line and maybe even their life in order to release this video.