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India Urges Review As Charges Dropped Against US Cop Involved In Jaahnavi Kandula’s Death

The Indian Embassy in the US seeks reconsideration of the decision not to charge the Seattle officer in Jaahnavi Kandula's death. They're in touch with her family, urging justice and highlighting the case's referral to the Seattle Attorney General. Despite efforts, US authorities won't pursue charges due to insufficient evidence, prompting concerns over accountability and the handling of the tragic incident.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Feb 24, 2024 20:01 IST
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The Indian Embassy in the United States has formally requested a reassessment and thorough review of the decision made by US prosecutors regarding the decision not to pursue criminal charges against the Seattle police officer connected to the tragic death of 23-year-old Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula. They have emphasized the importance of this case and its implications, prompting a referral of the matter to the Seattle Attorney General for additional scrutiny and review.

The Indian Embassy in the United States has informed that they have been in regular touch with the designated family representatives regarding the investigation report released by the King County Prosecution Attorney on the unfortunate death of Jaahnavi Kandula. They have also stated their commitment to extending all possible support to ensure justice for Jaahnavi and her family. The embassy has further mentioned that they have raised the matter strongly with local authorities, including the Seattle Police, for appropriate redress. It has been noted that the case has now been referred to the Seattle City Attorney’s office for review.

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The Embassy stated that they are awaiting the completion of the Seattle Police’s administrative investigation and will continue to monitor the progress of the case.

On Friday, US authorities announced that the Seattle police officer involved in the fatal collision with Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula, while responding to an overdose call, will not face criminal charges due to insufficient evidence. The decision was made by the King County Prosecutor’s Office, as reported by media reports. Despite acknowledging the tragic impact of Kandula’s death, the Prosecutor’s Office stated that they would not pursue charges against Officer Kevin Dave.

Kandula, aged 23, was struck by Officer Dave’s speeding police vehicle while crossing a street in Seattle on January 23. The officer was reportedly driving at 74 mph (more than 119 km/h) en route to the overdose call, causing Kandula to be thrown 100 feet upon impact. Additionally, bodycam footage released by the Seattle Police Department showed Officer Daniel Auderer making inappropriate remarks about the incident, raising concerns about the handling of the situation.

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First published on: Feb 24, 2024 08:01 PM IST

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