Reacting to the killing of Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula in Seattle in Washington state of the US, actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas said a life is a life and one can’t put any value to it.
Kandula, 23, was struck by a police vehicle driven by Officer Kevin Dave when she was crossing a street on January 23. He was driving 74 mph (more than 119 kmh) on the way to a report of a drug overdose call.
Kandula was in the crosswalk and was thrown 100 feet when she was struck by the police patrol car. In bodycam footage released on Monday by the Seattle Police Department, Officer Daniel Auderer laughed about the deadly crash and dismissed any implication Dave might be at fault or that a criminal investigation was necessary.
”It’s appalling to learn that such a tragic incident that happened 9 months ago is only coming to light NOW. A life is a life. One cannot put any value to it,” Priyanka, who is based out of Los Angeles, wrote on her Instagram Stories Saturday night.
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In the video, Auderer can be heard saying, ”Yeah, just write a check. USD 11,000. She was 26 anyway, she had limited value.” US lawmakers and Indian-Americans have expressed outrage over the death of Kandula.
The Biden administration has assured the Indian government of a prompt probe into the incident and bring to justice the police officers responsible for it.