Deputy Senate Majority Leader Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) released the statement below in reaction to the recently released bodycam footage of a Seattle police officer mocking the death of Jaahvani Kandula: "I was shocked and saddened by the callousness displayed in the conversation between two Seattle police officers just hours after the death of Jaahvani Kandula. "Incidences like this are precisely why there is a lack of trust between the community and law enforcement. Regardless of whether or not this was meant ...Read More
Manka Dhingra is Deputy Majority Leader of the Washington State Senate. She brings two decades of experience as a prosecutor and behavioral health expert to her role as chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee. She also serves on the Health & Long Term Care Committee and the Ways & Means Committee.
Dhingra was first elected to the Senate by the constituents of the 45th Legislative District in November 2017, the first Sikh state legislator elected in the nation. Since then, she has sponsored and passed legislation addressing a wide range of issue areas, including: curbing domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing firearm violence, providing property tax relief for seniors and people with disabilities, prosecuting financial fraud, and reforming the criminal justice system with an evidence-based approach.
During her time in the Senate, Dhingra founded the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee and helped pass legislation and funding to transform the Washington State behavioral health system, reorienting it around prevention rather than crisis response. She continues to strive to ensure that Washingtonians with behavioral health needs get the treatment they need and deserve.
Read Manka’s full biography here.
Manka in the News
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Spokesman-Review: Washington lawmakers highlight bills to address domestic violence, missing and murdered Indigenous people
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GeekWire: Seattle-area police use adhesive GPS trackers to catch fleeing suspects, prevent high-speed chases
The Redmond Police Department implemented new GPS technology last month that has ...Read More