Leaders in India and Seattle demand action over video of cop joking about woman’s death

Local leaders and the Indian Consulate are demanding action after a Seattle Police Department officer was recorded on his body camera laughing over the death of a young woman who was struck and killed by a police vehicle earlier this year.

The release of the body-camera footage on Monday has sparked public outrage, and some Seattle leaders have called for increased police accountability and transparency over the incident. The footage shows Officer Daniel Auderer appearing to make light of the death of 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula, calling her a “regular person” and suggests “just write a check” when discussing any possible repercussions following her death.

“Eleven thousand dollars. She was 26 anyway,” Auderer adds, misstating Kandula’s age. “She had limited value.”

Kandula was fatally struck at a crosswalk by a police cruiser that was driving at 74 mph on Jan. 23, according to Seattle police. The collision caused her to be thrown more than 100 feet and she later died from her injuries.

The footage has since drawn nationwide and international criticism. On Wednesday, the Consulate General of India in San Francisco called the handling of Kandula’s death “deeply troubling.”

The consulate said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that they have contacted state and local authorities in addition to officials in Washington, D.C., demanding a “thorough investigation” and “action against those involved in this tragic case.”

The Seattle Office of Police Accountability, a city watchdog agency, has opened an investigation into the conversation between Auderer and Solan. Both the Seattle Police Department and accountability office have declined to comment on the incident, citing the pending investigation.

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Who was Jaahnavi Kandula?

Kandula was a graduate student from the Seattle campus of Northeastern University, The Seattle Times reported. She was set to graduate this December with a master’s degree in information systems.

She was from Adoni, a southern Indian city about 200 miles north of Bangalore, according to the newspaper. Kandula had come to Seattle with hopes to one day support her mother, who lives in India.

“Her priority was to help her family,” Ashok Mandula, Kandula’s uncle, told The Seattle Times.

He added Kandula was a daughter to a single mother and that she had one sister, the newspaper reported. Her mother, who teaches at an elementary school, had taken an education loan to support Kandula’s studies.

Mandula said he and his family arranged to send Kandula’s body back to India. A GoFundMe page that was set up following Kandula’s death raised over $161,000 to help support her family.

On Wednesday, Kandula’s family said it was “truly disturbing and saddening to hear insensible comments” that were made on the body-camera footage.

“Jaahnavi is a beloved daughter and beyond any dollar value for her mother and family,” the family said in a statement. “We firmly believe that every human life is invaluable and [should] not be belittled, especially during a tragic loss.”

Hunter Biden indicted on federal gun charges for allegedly lying about drug addiction

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted Thursday on federal gun charges less than two months after a plea agreement fell apart over tax and gun charges.

The indictment charges Hunter Biden with knowingly deceiving a firearms dealer when buying a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver on Oct. 12, 2018. He is charged with falsely filling out a federal firearms form denying he was addicted to any narcotics. And he is charged with knowingly possessing the revolver despite the restrictions against drug addicts owning firearms.

Hunter Biden has acknowledged he was a drug addict at the time.

The charges revive the prospect that Hunter Biden could be jailed if convicted and rekindle his role as a lightning rod for political criticism as his father runs for reelection in 2024. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted − five years for the false statement to the dealer, 10 years for the false statement on the federal form and 10 years for possession of the firearm − but actual sentences typically are shorter than the maximum, according to the Justice Department.

Republicans had criticized the plea agreement:

Which could have carried no jail time, as a “sweetheart deal” and called for a new investigation.

Instead, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware who had investigated Hunter Biden for five years before reaching the plea agreement, to be a special counsel to continue his investigation.

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, speaks to guests during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 18, 2022, in Washington.
What happened with Hunter Biden’s plea deal?
Biden was set to plead guilty in July to two misdemeanor charges for not paying his taxes in 2017 and 2018, which he has since paid. He was also set to enter a pretrial program for a gun charge, which would have resulted in the charge being dropped if he complied with program’s requirements.

Zelenskyy to meet Biden and UN next week

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is returning to the U.S. next week, intent on making a case for continued support for his embattled nation in both New York and Washington.

Zelenskyy will meet President Joe Biden in the White House on Thursday after addressing the U.N. General Assembly two days earlier. According to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive visit.

In December

Zelenskyy impressed upon receptive members of Congress that helping fund Ukraine’s war effort against Russia was “not charity” but an “investment” in democracy. He’s now expect to return to Capitol Hill at a time. When Republicans control the House. Congress is debating Biden’s request of $24 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

The trip to the Capitol was confirmed by two congressional aides granted anonymity to discuss the plans.

President Joe Biden, right, who welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the White House is December, will host him again next week.
Biden has steadfastly stood behind Ukraine’s fight to defend its territory, directing billions of dollars toward that cause. He also traveled to Kyiv to visit Zelenskyy in February.

The last time the two leaders met was in July at the NATO summit in Lithuania, where Zelenskyy drew strong support but not the timeline he wanted for Ukraine to join the military alliance.

Zelenskyy War developments:

◾ The International Criminal Court has opened a field office in Kyiv. The tribunal’s largest outside its home base of The Hague, Netherlands. According to Ukraine Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin. The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Accusing him of war crimes in Ukraine.

◾ A Russian pilot intentionally fired missiles at an unarmed. British surveillance plane in international airspace over the Black Sea last September. After getting an ambiguous command, not quite the “technical malfunction” Russia blamed for the incident, the BBC reported. British officials have downplayed the encounter.

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