Seattle Police Officer Daniel Auderer, who serves as the Seattle Police Guild’s Vice President, has been caught on bodycam footage laughing and making fun of the death of Jaahnavi Kandula, a 23-year-old grad student who was struck and killed by Officer Kevin Dave. The two-minute-long video, uploaded to the Seattle Police Department’s YouTube page, shows Auderer driving around city streets and discussing the incident over the phone with an unknown person.
In the video, Auderer refers to Kandula as having “limited value” and suggests that the city should “just write a check.” He also misrepresents her age and laughs callously about her death. Auderer claims that he doesn’t believe a criminal investigation is being conducted, despite reports stating that Dave was driving at 74 mph in a 25 mph zone while responding to a “high priority” call.
This incident is not the first time Auderer has faced trouble within the Seattle Police Department. He has been named in civil cases and has been the subject of complaints regarding misconduct, excess force, and bias. The Seattle civilian-led Community Police Commission has expressed concerns about the incident, citing issues with the police department’s culture and resistance to officer accountability measures.
The Office of Police Accountability is currently investigating the matter, and the Seattle Police Department has stated that it will not comment until the investigation is concluded. Meanwhile, footage from Officer Dave’s bodycam reveals him admitting his mistake of speeding through an intersection with a 25 mph speed limit. Kandula, a master’s student at Northeastern University, was pronounced dead after being struck by Dave’s vehicle.