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US Cop Who Killed Indian Student Won’t Face Charges  

| Updated: February 22, 2024 15:39

The Seattle police officer who struck and killed Jaahnavi Kandula, an Indian student from Hyderabad, while responding to an overdose call, will not face any criminal charges due to lack of “sufficient” evidence. 

The King County Prosecutor’s Office said they will not move forward with criminal charges against Seattle Police Officer Kevin Dave. 

In a statement, the King County Prosecuting Attorney said, “Kandula’s death is heartbreaking and impacted communities in King County and across the world.” Kandula, 23, was struck by a police vehicle driven by Officer Dave when she was crossing a street in Seattle on January 23. He was driving 74 mph (more than 119 kmh) on the way to a report of a drug overdose call. Kandula was thrown 100 feet when she was struck by the speeding police patrol vehicle. 

The attorney’s office, however, noted that the comments made by Seattle Police Officer Daniel Auderer, recorded on his body-worn video, were “appalling and deeply troubling.” 

The officer Auderer, who was not involved in the January collision, was captured in the video saying, “But she is dead” and laughing while on the phone. He continued, “She was 26 anyway. She had limited value.” 

Attorny Manion said, “Officer Auderer’s comments were also unprofessional and undermined the public’s trust in the Seattle Police Department and law enforcement in general.” 

The officials stated that the bodycam footage did not imply that Dave might have been at fault or that a criminal investigation was necessary. 
“As egregious as Officer Auderer’s comments are, they do not change the PAO’s legal analysis into the conduct of Officer Dave. It is the Office of Police Accountability that bears the responsibility of disciplinary investigation and proceedings relating to Officer Auderer’s comment, not the PAO,” news agency. 
As per local media reports, speed was the cause of the collision. Dave was responding to a “priority one” call at the request of the Seattle Fire Department, according to the Seattle Police Department. 
The officer did not have his siren activated continuously. Instead, the officer “chirped” his siren at the intersection. He did have his emergency lights on, according to a previous statement from the police department. 
Kandula was a graduate student at Northeastern University at the Seattle campus.  

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