After three long months, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) released its findings on the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet. On May 27, Korchinski-Paquet fell from her 24th-floor balcony after an interaction with Toronto Police officers. The SIU has come to the conclusion that the officers are not at fault for Korchinski-Paquet’s death.
"Based on his review of the evidence, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers committed a criminal offence in connection with Ms. Korchinski-Paquet’s death," the SIU stated on Wednesday.
The SIU described the details of the investigation.
"Each officer was interviewed by 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."
The SIU reviewed a statement made by Korchinski-Paquet's father, who she was having a phone conversation with when she fell from her balcony.
Investigators also obtained "scene photos, 911 call recordings, audio recordings from In-Car Camera Systems of police cruisers, security camera video recordings from the apartment building in which the incident occurred, records from the TPS and two post-mortem reports.”
The release included a video statement from Joseph Martino, Director of the SIU, explaining the outcome of the investigation.
In May, officers were called to Korchinski-Paquet's High Park apartment for a wellness check.
Some time after the police arrived to find her in distress, Korchinski-Paquet fell from her balcony and died from her injuries.
The tragedy was met with public outcry over the police's alleged involvement in her death.
Her mother had initially claimed that Korchinski-Paquet was shoved from the balcony by police officers.
#JusticeForRegis protests broke out in the city, drawing attention to claims of anti-black racism within the TPS.
Several people took to social media to express their frustration with the SIU immediately after the decision was made.
The SIU announced that no charges will be laid against police officers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet exac… https://t.co/epRmaYCAoI— Amanda Parris (@Amanda Parris) 1598462266.0
SIU clears all police officers in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet https://t.co/gGCfOgVRv9 More cops cleared… https://t.co/iGpqjE9pkG— Tom Anderson 🇨🇦 (@Tom Anderson 🇨🇦) 1598461887.0
From the family's account, Regis' last words were "Mom, help. Mom, help." The SIU can sweep this under the rug, but we will never forget.— yazmine is tired and taking a break (@yazmine is tired and taking a break) 1598462243.0
Despite Toronto Police Services now adopting the use of body cameras, no officers were wearing cameras at the time of Korchinski-Paquet's death.