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Rob Ford is going down finally -- Police have video of Mayor smoking crack and then some...

I was wondering what became of this case. The police have recovered a video that allegedly shows him smoking crack. Apparently, his dealer has been accused of blackmailing him. This article says the police have ground and aerial surveillance of meetings between Ford and the dealer. Wow. Toronto Police have recovered the video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, Toronto police Chief Bill Blair said Thursday . “The video files depict images that are consistent with what has previously been reported” in the media, Blair said at a news conference on the heels of a release of documents used by police to obtain search warrants during their summer investigation. “I have no reason to resign,” Ford said at a raucous 2:30 p.m. press conference despite calls from several councillors for him to step down. He said he would continue returning phone calls. Under a barrage of shouted questions from reporters, he left within two minutes. “I wish I could defend myself, unfortunately I can’t because it’s before the courts right now,” was his first statement. Ford has since May refused to comment on the video “that I have never seen or does not exist.” Blair also said alleged drug dealer and Ford friend Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, 35, was arrested Thursday morning and has been charged with extortion The Star earlier reported that Lisi, who was arrested Oct. 1 on drug charges, was involved in attempts to recover the video. Ford himself has been the target of a police investigation that witnessed and photographed him in months of on-the-ground and airplane surveillance taking part in meetings with Lisi, according to the documents, released on orders of Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer. Only half of the 500 pages have been released. The other half will be the subject of legal arguments to be submitted by Nov. 8. Blair told reporters they recovered two videos from a computer hard drive on Oct. 29 that are relevant to their investigation. At least one will eventually be presented in court. The Star has been told by sources that the 90-second video its reporters saw was an edited version of the original. “It’s safe to say the mayor does appear in the video,” Blair told reporters. Blair said he has seen the video. His reaction? “As a citizen of the city, I am disappointed.” The files had been deleted but were recovered by police. There is no indication that the video was doctored, Blair said. Based on the video, Blair said, there is nothing now that would support laying a criminal charge against Ford. Ford emerged from his home around 9:45 a.m. Thursday morning and walked toward waiting reporters and photographers yelling “Get off my driveway” repeatedly before getting into his SUV and driving away. The details of an extensive police investigation into Ford’s drug activities come six months after two Toronto Star reporters saw a video showing the mayor, obviously impaired, smoking what appears to be crack cocaine and making homophobic and racist slurs. In a heavily censored portion of the document, police said that the day after the world learned news of the video that appeared to show Ford smoking crack cocaine, top homicide detective Sgt. Gary Giroux was assigned to “investigate the existence of a cellular phone containing a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine.” The search warrant documents contain allegations that have not been tested in court. The only charges laid in the matter involve Lisi and dry cleaner Jamshid Bahrami, who were swept up in the Oct. 1 raid. “We continue to gather information,” when asked if the probe was still ongoing, Blair said. In the hour after news broke about the video, Lisi feverishly worked his phone, calling an alleged Dixon gang member and a resident of the now notorious 15 Windsor Rd. drug house where Ford was photographed with Anthony Smith, Monir Kassim and Mohammad Khattak. Three copies of that photograph appeared in documents, described as information to obtain (ITO) a warrant. (more at link)


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