by Ruba Ayub
On Jan. 23, along with concerned community members and activists from King County, I protested at the Tukwila City Hall to demand the defunding of the Tukwila Police Department. We collectively demanded an end to the over-policing of Black and Brown people in our neighborhood. Our demands were crystal clear: Redirect these funds towards vital community-based services, such as affordable housing, youth programs, real restorative justice initiatives, and mental health services.
As we protested, heartbreaking news emerged regarding the tragic killing of Jaahnavi Kandula, a 23-year-old student from Uttar Pradesh, India. Kandula was struck by Seattle police officer Kevin Dave as she was crossing the street in South Lake Union.
Continue reading OPINION | Not Just a Bad Apple, A Rotten Tree: Jaahnavi Kandula’s Death Calls for Defunding our Corrupt Justice System
by Lauryn Bray
Last Updated on September 18, 2023, 2:37 pm.
Seattle District 2 Councilmember Tammy Morales called for immediate action and Mayor Bruce Harrell apologized to the family of Jaahnavi Kandula after bodycam footage showed Seattle police officer Daniel Auderer laughing and joking while discussing the 23-year-old’s death after being struck and killed by a speeding Seattle police car enroute to a call.
Continue reading Comments From Seattle Police Officer Regarding Death of Jaahnavi Kandula Provoke Local and International Outrage
by Erica C. Barnett
(This article was originally published on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
Content warning: This post contains descriptions of a violent, fatal traffic collision and images of a vehicle involved in that collision.
Video from the body-worn camera of Seattle Police Department (SPD) officer Kevin Dave shows Dave accelerating to 74 miles an hour and failing to turn on his siren as he approached the intersection where he struck and killed pedestrian Jaahnavi Kandula earlier this year. The King County Prosecutor’s Office, which is still deciding whether to charge Dave with a crime, provided the video and other documents in response to PubliCola’s records request.
Continue reading Video Confirms that Officer Was Going 74 MPH, Did Not Have Siren Running When He Struck Pedestrian