Members of the Indian community in Seattle held a prayer ceremony for Jaanhavi Kandula, the 23-year-old student who died after being hit by a police patrol vehicle in January this year. Around 25 people gathered at Denny Park on Sunday to perform a peace prayer to invoke peace and blessings for Kandula.
India said it has “strongly” taken up the case of its national Jaahnavi Kandula with authorities in the US, following the release of a bodycam video in which a cop is heard joking and laughing about the Indian student’s death by a police patrol car this year.
An officer from Seattle Police Department has been under investigation after a newly-released bodycam footage showed him laughing and joking on a phone call about an Indian student who was hit and killed by a patrol car driven by a fellow cop. Jaahnavi Kandula, a 23-year-old student of Northeastern University campus in South Lake Union, was walking near Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street when she was hit by a Seattle Police vehicle driven by Kevin Dave on January 23.
iNDICA NEWS BUREAU- To explore the relationship between Washington and India and promote global security, trade, and investment Seattle University will host the Seattle-Setu conference on September 6. The conference will showcase Seattle’s pivotal role in building economic and political bridges with India. The conference will highlight the benefits Indian companies bring to Washington state’s […]
Jaahnavi Kandula, a student of Northeastern University campus in South Lake Union, was walking near Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street when she was hit by a Seattle Police vehicle driven by Kevin Dave on January 23. The speeding cop, who struck and killed the 23-year-old Indian student in January this year, has admitted in newly-released bodycam footage that he “f–ked up” after the tragic crash in Seattle.
A 49-year-old man has been sentenced to 364 days in Seattle’s King County Jail after he admitted to stalking Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal last year, according to media reports. Brett Forsell pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor stalking rather than the felony stalking charge prosecutors originally filed, the Seattle Times reported.
The city of Seattle, which passed a law to ban caste-based discrimination earlier this year, is facing a lawsuit from an Indian-origin man which describes the move as unconstitutional and a violation of the right to exercise religion. The plaintiff, who describes himself as a first-generation Hindu American, has urged the court to repeal the legislation.
Protests, petitions, and meetings with lawmakers did not stop the California Senate Judiciary Committee to vote ‘Yes’ to SB 403: Discrimination on the Basis of Caste, which passed the committee with a resounding 8-0 vote on April 25. SB 403 or State Bill 403 is a piece of legislation introduced to make the state free of caste-based discrimination. If signed into law, California will become the first state in America to make caste bias illegal by adding it as a protected category in the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
On April 25, the California Senate Judicial Committee is scheduled to hear ‘Bill SB 403, Discrimination on the Basis of Caste’, an event that has gained global media attention as well as concern among the Hindu American community, with some civil rights groups claiming that the passing of the bill will target certain people and that it is not uniform.