It sounds like new evidence has surfaced in the case of Regis Korchinski-Paquet's death. Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) now has surveillance footage from the building at 100 High Park Avenue. The police officers on the scene have already been interviewed but the unit still needs to speak to the victim's family.
The SIU is investigating the death of 29-year-old Korchinski-Paquet after she fell from her balcony on May 27.
According to a statement released by the SIU on Monday afternoon, June 1, video footage has been captured by security cameras at the apartment building where Korchinski-Paquet lived.
At the moment, the SIU is not providing further details. The video will not be released in order to not alter "the memories of other potential witnesses."
The update also states that interviews with family members are expected to commence this week, according to the availability of the family's counsel.
Interviews with the subject officer and all five witness officers have already been completed. The release also notes that four additional witnesses have also already been interviewed
According to CP24, Claudette Beals-Clayton, Korchinski-Paquet’s mother, called police to help diffuse the situation at hand.
June 1, 2020 - SIU investigators are continuing their work to determine what transpired before the death of 29y0 Re… https://t.co/SboMbMNIRl— SIU (@SIU)1591039756.0
Her hope was to help get her daughter taken to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Beals-Clayton had originally claimed that the police deliberately pushed her daughter over the balcony, causing her death.
However, that statement has since been retracted by the family's lawyer, Kina Singh.
Singh told CP24 that hopes the case will prompt Toronto police to change how they respond to crisis calls.
"If it requires sending a person trained in negotiations out to every domestic or call involving a person in distress that may have to happen, because we can’t have eight officers show up and then perhaps maybe none of them is trained in mental health, because de-escalation is always preferred to use of force," Singh said.
"I just hope our police service learns that they have to take more care when interacting with the public."
Last Friday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders vowed to fast-track the use of body cameras on officers, but not without warning it could still take some time to implement.
On Saturday, a peaceful protest in Korchinski-Paquet's memory drew thousands of supporters in the city's downtown core.