Family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s files $10 million lawsuit against police officers and head of the SIU

Regis Korchinski-Paquet and the apartment building

The family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet has filed a $10 million lawsuit against several police officers and the head of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) more than two years after the 29-year-old woman fell to her death from the balcony of her home in Toronto.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit filed last week are Ontario’s Attorney General, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

The lawsuit alleges Korchinski-Paquet’s relatives suffered severe emotional distress after they were provided with “misleading information” at the time of her death.

It also alleges that Toronto police officers “deliberately misled” the investigation carried out by the SIU and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

Korchinski-Paquet fell from her balcony to her death after police were called to her High Park residence on May 27, 2020.

The dead woman, her mother and her brother had all called 911 because of a family dispute.

Regis Korchinski-Paquet

The SIU, which investigates incidents involving police that results in a death, serious injury, sexual assault allegations or the discharge of a firearm, found no grounds to charge the responding officers. It said that despite early claims that she was pushed, Korchinski-Paquet was alone on the balcony when she fell.

However, parts of a security camera video have been released showing a portion of what appears to be an interaction between Toronto police and Regis Korchinski-Paquet moments before she fell from the balcony.

The video was shared by Jason E. Bogle, the lawyer representing Korchinski-Paquet’s family, during a news conference announcing the lawsuit in connection with her death.