SIU provides update on investigation into death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto

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SIU provides update on investigation into death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto's Profile



The province’s police watchdog says they’re waiting on the lawyer for Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s family to send them more information about an additional witness as they investigate the Black woman’s death.

She fell from a balcony and died May 27 while police were in her home.

Her death sparked protests about police reform and anti-Black racism.

The Special Investigations Unit say on June 18, the family’s counsel made two family members available for interviews with the SIU.

A third family member was made available to be interviewed on July 10.

A fourth family member did not want to be interviewed, but provided a written statement to SIU investigators July 7.

The office of chief coroner in Ontario did an autopsy on Korchinski-Paquet on May 28 and the SIU received the results on June 17.

The province’s police watchdog says on July 14, they found out the family arranged for a second autopsy to be done outside of Ontario.

Director of the SIU Joseph Martino decided they would wait for the results of the second post-mortem before concluding the investigation. Those results are not expected until August.

The family held a news conference July 15, where the family’s counsel indicated they conducted their own investigation and spoke with an additional witness who was at the apartment at the time of Korchinski-Paquet’s death.

The SIU says they haven’t spoken to that witness, so they’ve asked the family’s lawyers to provide them with all evidence in their possession and identify any and all witnesses whom they were aware of.

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