Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, along with other lawmakers and community members, has called on the Seattle Police to conduct a thorough investigation into the tragic death of Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula, who was killed by a police car. Krishnamoorthi expressed his dismay at a Seattle Police officer making insensitive remarks about Kandula’s death. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal also condemned the incident, emphasizing the need to combat xenophobia and racism.
Kshama Sawant, a Seattle City Council member, has called for independent elected community oversight with full powers over the police, highlighting the failure of the Office of Professional Accountability to hold the police accountable. Council member Tammy J. Morales has urged Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz to take immediate action to address the department’s culture.
The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) has called for a prioritized investigation, community engagement, and respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals. Indian American Impact has expressed its shock at the officer’s comments and hopes for accountability and justice for Jaahnavi Kandula’s family.
Furthermore, over 200 people from various communities rallied in Seattle, demanding justice for Kandula and the resignation of two police officers involved. They criticized the police system, highlighting issues related to white supremacy and the undervaluing of lives belonging to marginalized communities.