Toronto protesters blame police for death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, but questions still remain

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At Queen’s Park on Saturday, a few hundred people came to the grounds of the legislature to protest the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet.

Korchinski-Paquet died last week after falling from her apartment balcony and some are blaming Toronto Police for her death.

But is this accusation not a tad premature given that it remains unclear how Korchinski-Paquet died?

Here’s what we do know: last Wednesday, relatives of Korchinski-Paquet called police because the 29-year-old woman was allegedly in the midst of a mental health crisis. Police went to Korchinski-Paquet’s high-rise apartment in the High Park area.

What happened next is unknown, but at a certain point, Korchinski-Paquet ended up falling to her death from the 24th floor.

This case is now under investigation by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU). But there is no conclusive evidence indicating if her death was an accident or a premeditated suicide or if she was pushed by a police officer, as some have speculated.

Alas, the protesters at Queen’s Park on Saturday had already made up their minds: her death was due to police brutality which is apparently a direct result of male white privilege and white supremacy and systemic racism.

But was it really?

It is tragic that a young woman fell to her death, but as of now, there are more questions than answers. This is certainly not the same as the George Floyd case in the U.S., in which a police officer was caught on camera apparently suffocating George for absolutely no good reason.

Of note, members of Black Lives Matter Toronto were at the Korchinski-Paquet protest. Yet, when it comes to racism, BLM Toronto has no equal.

Consider the 2016 tweet by the group’s co-founder, Yusra Khogali:

"Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz."

Then again that odious tweet shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that Khogali believes that white people are “are recessive genetic defects.”

Neither Khogali nor BLM Toronto has ever apologized for those remarks. In fact, the City of Toronto actually later awarded her racism by presenting her with the inaugural Pam McConnell Award for Young Women in Leadership!

I have to wonder: Will Ontario Premier Doug Ford label this group of protesters as a “bunch of yahoos”?

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