After the tragic death of a 29-year-old Toronto woman on May 27, a protest is now being organized in her honour. The hashtag #JusticeForRegis was started for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who died after falling from her High Park apartment. On May 30, the protest is set to march to Queens Park from Christie Pits at 2 p.m.


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Korchinski-Paquet died on Wednesday. Her family insists she was pushed over the balcony by police.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is currently investigating the incident.

In the meantime, what is being called a "peaceful protest" is now being shared by many on social media, urging the Toronto community and supporters to march in honour of Korchinski-Paquet.

"This is meant to be a PEACEFUL protest, social distancing will be enforced. WE ARE MARCHING FOR HER AS WELL AS OTHER BLACK LIVES THAT WERE TAKEN AT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE," reads the statement.

Starting at 2 p.m. on May 30, supporters are set to gather at Christie Pits and make their way to Queens Park.

The organizer notes that she got the go-ahead from Korchinski-Paquet's family to hold a peaceful protest. She later clarified she has spoken directly to the woman's mother about the plans.

The protest will follow social distancing rules. 

"WE WILL BE PROVIDING MASK, HAND SANITZER AND ENFORCING THE 2 METER RULE. PLS BRING YOUR OWN IF YOU CAN. THE PROTEST IS STARTING AT 2PM @ CHRISTIE PITS PARK. WE WILL BE MARCHING ALL THE WAY TO QUEENS PARK!" added the organizer, who Narcity reached out to directly.

On Thursday, a set of social media accounts called Not Another Black Life went live, to which the organizer linked her tweets.

On Facebook, that group posted an event for the protest.

Petitions have also been started in solidarity with the family, in honour of Korchinski-Paquet, already amassing over 11,000 signatures.

Meanwhile, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders spoke to reporters on Thursday but did not specify whether or not the officers in question were wearing body cameras.

"Let me be very clear that we want the facts as much as anyone. The Toronto Police Service is fully co-operating with the Special Investigations Unit," read part of Chief Saunders' statement on May 28.

The protest is set to begin at 2 p.m. at Christie Pits on Saturday.

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