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January 2024 Issue [Readings]

Vehicular Man’s Laughter


From audio captured by the body camera of Seattle police officer Daniel Auderer in January 2023. Auderer is recorded talking to Mike Solan, the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, about the death of Jaahnavi Kandula, a woman who was struck and killed by officer Kevin Dave. Investigators later concluded that Dave was traveling at sixty-three miles per hour at the time of the collision, which threw Kandula a distance of one hundred and thirty-eight feet.

mike solan: [inaudible]

daniel auderer: Oh, Dave’s good. I said, “Hey, you’re going to have to decide if you wanted to give a statement or not,” but it does not seem like there’s a criminal investigation going on. Otherwise there would be other—

solan: [inaudible]

auderer: What’s that? Otherwise, there might be other people arriving, correct? Yeah, I mean, he’s going fifty. That’s not out of control, that’s not reckless for a trained driver.

solan: [inaudible]

auderer: Yeah, lights and sirens.

solan: [inaudible]

auderer: Yeah. Well, there’s some—initially he said she was in a crosswalk. There’s a witness who says, no, she wasn’t, but that witness could be different because I don’t think she was thrown forty feet. I think she went up on the hood, hit the windshield, then when he hit the brakes, flew off the car. But she is dead.

solan: [inaudible]

auderer: Ha ha. No, it’s a regular person.

solan: [inaudible]

auderer: Yeah. Yeah, just write a check. Just—

solan: [inaudible]

auderer: Yeah. Ha ha. Eleven thousand dollars. She was twenty-six, anyway. She had limited value.

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