Police in Toronto, Canada are denying the claims made by a family that they pushed a Black woman to her death from a 24th floor balcony.
What is known is that Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell to her death from a 100 High Park address in Toronto yesterday (on May 27th, 2020). However, how she fell depends on whether you talk to the police or the woman’s family. The police have ruled the death a suicide but the family is adamant that she was pushed by the police.
The family of a black woman who fell from her 24th-floor balcony has accused Toronto police of shoving her to her death, prompting an investigation by the Special Investigations Unit.
The Toronto Police Service were called to an apartment complex on High Park Avenue about 5.15pm on Wednesday after reports of a domestic incident, according to a release from the SIU.
‘While officers were inside an apartment unit on the 24th floor, they observed a woman on the balcony,’ the release states. ‘A short time later, the woman fell from the balcony to the ground below.’
The woman – identified by family as 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet – was pronounced dead at the scene.
Toronto Police Services refused to comment on the incident, referring 18 Karat Reggae to the SIU.
A man who identified himself as the woman’s cousin – who goes by Rocawrld on Instagram – claimed that police threw Korchinski-Paquet off the building.
In his video, the local artist repeatedly shows the scene of the incident. In the background, a body can be seen with an orange covering over it.
‘We are done protesting they threw my cousin off the building,’ he continued in the clip.
Korchinski-Paquet’s mother – Claudette Clayton – can also be heard in the background sharing extra details about her daughter’s death.
‘The police killed my daughter, came in my apartment and shoved her off the balcony and told CP24 that it was a suicide,’ Clayton declared in the clip. ‘But the police killed her.’
The duo also expressed their disappointment at the lack of news coverage on the scene, sharing the woman’s body had been out on the ground for more than an hour before any media arrived.
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SIU has assigned two investigators and two forensic investigators to the case and is asking anyone to come forward with any information they may have.
Their ‘arm’s length agency’ investigate reports ‘involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.’