THE CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGIS REPORT - Regis Korchinski-Paquet

THE CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGIS REPORT - Regis Korchinski-Paquet

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On May 27, 2020, Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s mother called 911 for police assistance during a family dispute. Within minutes of the police arriving, Regis ended up deceased on the ground 24 floors below. A call for assistance, ended in death.

Other calls for assistance that ended in death include April 6th, D'Andre Campbell-Kelly, shot to death by police in Peel, May 8th, Caleb Njoko in London, fell 15 floors from his balcony while police were present and June 20th, Ejaz Choudry, shot to death by police in Malton.

The Provincial government has a responsibility to ensure all residents are safe, and will not be subject to differential treatment by law enforcement based on race, religion or mental state.

 A report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), titled "Under suspicion: Concerns about racial profiling by police" found that case law recognizes racial profiling is a systemic problem in policing.

Also in an interim report "A Collective Impact", the OHRC found that Black people are grossly over-represented in cases involving police use of force that results in serious injury or death. Despite making up only 8.8% of Toronto’s population, Black people were overrepresented in the use of force cases (28.8%), shootings (36%), deadly encounters (61.5%) and fatal shootings (70%), and 20 times more likely to be shot by police.

Toronto City Council, acknowledging the existence of anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and its connection to police brutality, passed a motion on July 1, 2020, calling on the Provincial Government to address police violence and systemic racism.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to implement a human-rights based, provincial strategy, named the Regis Report, that includes the following:

The immediate implementation and expansion of the existing Crisis Intervention Teams, to be available 24 hours a day, to accompany police officers to all calls for mental health and wellness checks, to de-escalate crisis and prevent unnecessary use of force by police officers.
The reinstatement of the Safer Ontario Act, 2018, along with the recommendations made by Justice Tulloch’s Police Oversight Review that would apply to the SIU and other Police Oversight Agencies.
The release of the names of police officers present at any incident investigated by the SIU should any member of the public request it.
A thorough review of the Equipment and Use of Force Regulation, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 926, so as to emphasize de-escalation; and address the use of deadly force.
The immediate divestment of the associated budget lines towards equitable, community-centred and harm reduction focused first responders & towards community-empowerment support programs.
A commitment to ensure COVID-19 recovery efforts include measures to end anti-Black, anti-Indigenous racism and address the mental health challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 for many Ontarians.