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India seeks US review on freeing officer behind Indian student’s death

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TOI News Desk / TIMESOFINDIA.COM / Feb 24, 2024, 10:14 IST

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India asks US to review freeing police officer behind Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula's death

NEW DELHI: India has formally requested a reconsideration of the recent US court ruling that dismissed criminal charges against Seattle

police officer

Kevin Dave, who was behind the death of 23-year-old Indian student

Jaahnavi Kandula

. The King County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Wednesday that they would not pursue criminal charges against Dave, citing a “lack of sufficient evidence.”
The incident occurred on January 23, when Kandula was fatally struck by a police vehicle driven by police officer Dave while crossing a street in Seattle.

Dave was reportedly driving at a speed of 74 mph (more than 119 km/h) while responding to a drug overdose call. The impact of the speeding police patrol vehicle catapulted Kandula 100 feet, leading to her untimely demise.
Bodycam footage released by the Seattle Police Department exposed Officer Daniel Auderer laughed off at the death and dismissed that Dave might be at fault or that a criminal investigation was warranted. The callous attitude displayed in the footage added fuel to the demand for accountability and a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding Kandula’s death.

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