After one year, family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet still seeking aswers to questions about her death

Regis Korchinski-Paquet and the apartment building

Hundreds of protestors took part in a rally on Monday for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old Black and Indigenous woman who fell to her death from her 24th floor apartment balcony last spring while police were in her home.

The protesters  had gathered  at Queen’s Park for a memorial and a news conference  before marching in downtown Toronto.

Speakers at the news conference denounced Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit for clearing five police officers of wrongdoing in her death. The unit investigates the conduct of police that may have resulted in death, serious injury, assault or the discharge of a firearm.

Jason Bogle, a lawyer for the family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet,  said that the family alleges there was police misconduct.

“We recognize that there is something that went horribly wrong on May 27, 2020. We  are looking for answers. We have come forward and we have asked the SIU to reopen their case. They have said no,” he said.

“We are all here now, a year later, looking for answers because we have yet to get those answers,” he said.

Regis Korchinski-Paquet family

Bogle said there is an ongoing investigation into the conduct of the police handling of the call by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). .

Regis Korchinski-Paquet  who died on the evening of May 27 last  was reported to have been was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time.. Her mother told reporters that she called police in the hope that officers would diffuse the situation and take her daughter to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Korchinski-Paquet died minutes after officers arrived at her apartment that night. Her family has questioned the role police played in her death.

“Regis has not had any justice,” Beverly Bain, a member of No Pride in Policing Coalition, told reporters at the rally.

“It’s really critical for people to be gathering today to remember Regis, but also to mark that after one year there has not been any accountability, any responsibility taken by the Toronto Police Service for the death of Regis,” she added.

“According to her lawyers, according to the alternative investigations that were done, it’s pretty clear that there is suspicion here, that the police did not do their job. If anything, the police endangered her. There was a lack of care.”