A Seattle police oversight board is investigating the union head for his insensitive comments about a fatal crash.
Bodycam footage showed Daniel Auderer, vice president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG), joking that graduate student Jaahnavi Kandula who died after an officer struck her had “limited value” since she was only 26.
Auderer had determined the patrol car driver going 50 mph was “not out of control,” but a report later revealed the officer was driving 74 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The video surfaced during a routine review and has drawn outrage for “heartbreakingly insensitive” remarks that undermine accountability and community trust, say oversight groups.
While the SPD extended condolences to Kandula’s family, the case highlights cultural problems within the union resistant to reform.