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Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s family sues officers, the SIU two years after her death

The family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet has filed a lawsuit against several police officers and the head of Ontario’s police watchdog more than two years after the 29-year-old woman fell from a Toronto balcony.

The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this week, also names as defendants the province’s attorney general, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

Korchinski-Paquet died after falling from the balcony of her west-end apartment in May 2020 while police, who were called to conduct a wellness check, were in the home.


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The province’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, later found there were no grounds to charge any of the officers involved.

The statement of claim filed this week alleges Korchinski-Paquet’s relatives suffered emotional distress after they were provided with “misleading information” at the time of her death.

Protesters surround a court services vehicle, following the arrest of three individuals, as demonstrators mark the first anniversary of the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the 29-year-old African Indigenous woman who died in the presence of Toronto police officers, in Toronto on Monday, May 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Jason E. Bogle, the lawyer representing Korchinski-Paquet’s family, has released a video that he alleges shows an interaction between Toronto police and Korchinski-Paquet moments before she fell.

The defendants, who have 20 days to file a statement of defence after being served with the suit, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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