VIDEO: Cop Laughs at Tragic Death of Woman

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( – On Monday, the Seattle Police Department released the body cam footage after an incident of a woman being hit and killed by a patrol car in January. In the clip the police officer appears to be laughing, however, the officer claims that this incident had been taken out of context.

Officer Daniel Auderer’s bodycam had captured the footage on Jan. 24, when a different police officer had hit 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula, in a crosswalk while trying to respond to an overdose call. In the video, the officer can be heard saying that he was “going 50 (mph)” and that this was not a reckless speed for someone who was an experienced driver.

He added that he did not believe that a criminal investigation would need to be launched.
However, the police have revealed that the driver had in fact been going 74 mph in a 25-mph zone in order to respond to the priority-one call.

Towards the end of the video clip, the officer can be heard saying that the girl was dead and then laughing. He then added that this was “just a regular person” and that they should only write a check for eleven thousand dollars as the girl was young and had “limited value.”

The police stated that “in the interest of transparency” they were releasing the video, but that they would not be providing any comments until the Office of Police Accountability finishes its investigation.

However, the lawyer claims that the comments were taken out of context and that they had actually been talking about city lawyers in connection to the case.

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