Public memorial for Regis Korchinski-Paquet to be held this month

Jul 15 2020, 12:29 pm

A public memorial will be held for Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto this month.

The July 25 memorial will begin at 1 pm, and will be held at 100 High Park, followed by the first annual Regis Korchinski-Paquet Walk for Justice.

“This will be a memorial celebrating the life of Regis, with speakers, community organizations and advocates calling for action for police accountability and bringing awareness to the effects of epilepsy post-ictal phenomena, organized in association with Black Lives Matter TO,” a statement from MA’AT Legal Services reads.

Family members are alleging that police were involved in the 29-year-old woman’s death as she reportedly fell from the balcony of a 24-floor High Park apartment on May 27, 2020.

A call was made to the Toronto police by Korchinski-Paquet’s mother over the “safety and well-being of her child.”

Her mother, Claudette Beals-Clayton reportedly asked police to take her daughter to CAMH to provide mental health support in May.

Since her death, massive protests have also taken place, demanding “Justice for Regis.”

The incident has been under investigation by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

It has been requested by the family that attendees adhere to physical distancing measures during the memorial.

The SUI has stated that they are in the closing stages of their investigation as all interviews with the family of Korchinski-Paquet have been conducted.

A second autopsy is also in the process of being conducted out of province. The results of which will be shared with the SIU.

“The SIU investigation process has raised concerns over the access to information available to counsel and affected families,” the MA’AT release reads.

“In order to restore public confidence in Ontario’s watchdog, the Solicitor General must address the various shortcomings in the investigation process which will be identified after the SIU releases its report.”

A legal team has been assembled by MA’AT Legal Services. The team includes lawyer Howard Morton, who served as the SIU’s second director from 1992 to 1995.

According to MA’AT, Morton believes that the circumstances and evidence obtained from family suggest that there is a “foundation for criminal liability.”

The legal service has also released a list of other incidents involving death and police interaction. The list includes D’Andre Campbell, who was shot to death by police after calling 911 for assistance during a domestic dispute, in Brampton.

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