No charges will be laid in death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet: SIU

Aug 26 2020, 10:33 am

The SIU finds “no reasonable grounds” to criminally charge Toronto Police Service Officer involved in the Regis Korchinski-Paquet case.

According to a statement by the unit, based off of reviewed evidence by the director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, it has been determined that there are no “reasonable grounds” to charge officers in the 29-year-olds death back in May.

On May 27 of this year, Korchinski-Paquet tragically fell to her death from the balcony of a 24th-floor apartment in Toronto. As officers had interacted with her prior and were present with her at the time, an investigation was conducted on the six officers who responded to the call.

“Six police officers were in and around the apartment at the time of the fall, including the subject officer, who had the most dealings with Ms. Korchinski-Paquet. Each officer was interviewed by the SIU,” said the SIU.

“In addition, 15 civilian witnesses were interviewed, including Ms. Korchinski-Paquet’s mother and brother who were in the vicinity at the time. A statement was obtained from Ms. Korchinski-Paquet’s father, with whom she was speaking on the phone in the moments before the fall.”

The incident sparked protests and marches within the city in response to Korchinski-Paquet’s death and police brutality on the Black community following cases in North America.

A review of scene photos, 911 call recordings, audio recordings from inside police cruisers, as well as security camera video recordings from the apartment building where the incident occurred, records from Toronto Police and two post-mortem reports, were conducted during the investigation.

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