With the global discussions on police brutality, the last thing I wanted to come across was another story highlighting this issue. Ridiculous is an understatement at this point.
The following information comes from CBC News.
Thousands have taken to the streets of Toronto, Canada, protesting the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet. She fell from her family’s 24-story apartment building, but many, including her family, are stating that she was pushed by the police. The incident happened on May 27, 2020.
Korchinski-Paquet was an active church member and gymnast, according to her family’s lawyer, Knia Singh. But within the past five years, she began experiences seizures that affected her mental health. Her family sometimes required assistance from the police, and on the 27th they were called to help with a domestic dispute. The following has been advised, by way of Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders and Knia Singh:
Korchinski-Paquet, her brother and mother met police in the hallway of their apartment, Saunders said, and “words were exchanged” between her and officers.
Not long afterward, she asked to enter the apartment unit to use the bathroom. Police followed her inside, but did not allow her mother or brother to enter, the family has said.
Within a minute or two, Singh said, the family heard a commotion inside the apartment.
“Mom, help. Mom, help,” were the final words her mother would hear her say before they heard silence, according to the family. Police officers confirmed minutes later Korchinski-Paquet was dead.
Korchinski-Paquet’s family believes that the police pushed her off the balcony, but those accusations would not be in their official statement until further evidence, Knia Singh stated.
If you want to help expedite justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, you can sign the Change.org petition. To check out the full article, click here. And if you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.
Until Next Time…