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)
Why should I care if he smokes crack? It's not as if he's going to sell the city for a rock.
People worry about the dumbest things.
Yay, they have the video of the sleazebag smoking crack. Kick him out.
I agree, R5 - Canada is now gross. It is no longer the land of Bliss Carmen and Leonard Cohen.
ugh, I mean. CarmAn. Bliss Carman.
Canada is not gross. Anyone can make a mayor-choosing faux pas every now and then.
Toronto's next Mayor will be a gay friendly Asian woman with an astigmatism.
Show me the receipts, Diane. Show me the receipts.
Who is that, R9? Jack Layton's wife?
It's not that he's an addict, it's that he's a gangster.
Rob Ford says he has done nothing illegal to warrant resignation.
So why should he resign if he did nothing criminal?
Next mayor will probably be a hit man with a pistol in his belt and alligator boots.
Where is the crime?
All four Toronto dailies, even the always supportive Toronto Sun, are calling for his resignation.
The video also shows him sucking on a glass pipe and saying 'Justin Trudeau is a fag!'
Oh, we have a Canadian freeper or a Rob Ford shill at R13/R15.
Olivia Chow, come on down!
Olivia Chow would be horrible in a different way, think: David Miller 2.0. Karen Stinz I think I could get behind.
Surely that gig pays enough that he could afford better drugs than crack.
[quote] Surely that gig pays enough that he could afford better drugs than crack.
He's the people's mayor!
If this doesn't bring him down, what will?
He cracks down on Graffiti artists, while he's breaking the law and covering it up? He's such a hypocrite. He needs to get the fuck out office.
All the news shows keep showing this guy humiliated and being peppered by new reporters. I mean, I know politicians, and public servants volunteer for this stuff when they fuck up, but I feel nothing but pity for this guy. He's an addict and is in over his head, his life is utter turmoil. Enough already.
R24, agreed, but he's in a position of significant power. He's arrogant in his assumption that the rules don't apply to him. Of course its sad and he's clearly a lost person, but the fact that powerful people continue to get away with lying and law breaking is unacceptable, on principle.
Bitch set him UP!
I *WOULD* fell pity for him except that he has had multiple chances to bow out quietly and get his shit together. Think of what he's putting his wife and children through. His stubbornness is cruel to others.
What irks me is his conservative defenders showing their true colours. He has reigned in spending and kept property taxes low... so he could be a child molesting Nazi for all they care. As long as taxes are low, he their guy.
Crack is cheap. Crack is whack.
Who are the assholes who think it's OK for a mayor to smoke crack?
Right r25 he was MAYOR! in CANADA! I mean, there's power and then there's.....being a mayor.....in Canada.
You are an ignorant asshat if you think being the Mayor of a city as wealthy and populated as Toronto is not an influental and significant job.
I make way too much money to ever smoke crack. Crack is whack!
Wait, so it's all about Rob Ford whacking along his own police jiz, so his c_nt along that Ford address is held alone and simplified. God help that goddam Ford who declares himself (or the Canadians who can't help themselves from protecting Difficult Uncunty Gods Like them)
r25, this goes way beyond his own personal substance abuse issues.
I say that as someone who felt the Star was being unprofessional and petty in the majority of its coverage.
If they really wanted to do their job, they'd hire someone to look at the arrest/sentencing records of the gang involved.
It's long be rumoured here that Ford is not the only prominent person going into the hood for a fix. In fact, some people feel that's the real reason he hasn't been ousted by now.
Ford lawyer has released a statement saying Ford wants the cops to release the video.
And it will show Ford smoking, but smoking TOBACCO
And you can't prove otherwise.
And life will go on for the Mayor and Toronto
The lawyer's words.
OMG R37 I heard that this morning too. What an idiot. Never mind the horrible optics of smoking "tobacco" from a crack pipe, but what about the racist and homophobic slurs he's recorded saying?
The crack smoking is the smaller piece here, IMO. The mayor is consorting with some very unsavory characters. They could try to bribe or strong arm him.. How do we know that they haven't already? Maybe Ford is giving their unqualified/incompetent relatives jobs in exchange for silence. He's compromised in ways we don't even know about. The police have all sorts of surveillance. I wonder if they tapped his phones. Only half the case file has been released if I'm reading this correctly and what has been released is heavily redacted.
At last. Something interesting out of Canada
Why aren't other politicians speaking out against him yet? There should be a chorus of pressure asking him to resign. If Clinton got impeached for a blow job, Ford's constant affiliation with city criminals makes him unfit for his position.
I thought he was a douche before the crack allegation, now he's a double douche.
How do these ass hats get elected?
No r31, I am far from being ignorant, or an asshat, but even though I am aware of Toronto's size, it isn't as big an influence in the US, and since this story has been dragging on for about a year already, the crucifixion just gave me a moment of empathy. You can look that word up, if you need to.
I hope the second video shows the Mayor dancing the hully-gully.
He is clearly organized-crime affiliated, R42. The election was bought.
You know that happens...right?
Judging from the amount of contacts Ford had with Sandro Lisli, I have to wonder if he was more than a consumer.
So far, he hasn't complied with police requests for an interview.
Why couldn't this have been Bush, or Cheney?
r42, lower middle class white people elected him. Some conservative immigrants also voted for him because his opponent was gay (and out), and more liberal.
They call his voter base "Ford Nation" and it's akin to a NASCAR dad voting block.
Well, he just gave TO the finger on his radio show today.
He admitted "mistakes" but refused to be specific and said he has issues, but he'll deal with it himself. He wanted the Chief to release the video.
The ball's in Blair's court now.
They can't release the video. It's evidence. He knows this.
This damages Canada's reputation. Definitely Toronto's.
So fucking sleazy.
I agree he can't release it, but I think the Chief needs to respond to Ford's request.
If Blair had any balls, he'd go after all the prominent white people (alleged) to be doing the same thing as Ford.
I've often wondered if the whole Traveler operation was to put away anyone who could incriminate the larger drug operation.
Everyone knows Dixon has been a tragic mess for thirty years-now they're raiding it? The whole thing smells worse than Cheryl's snatch.
R50 unfortunately Etobicoke and Scarborough are solidly behind Ford, and he will win again with his 44% approval rating.
Isn't there something about him and how someone in the video was killed?
r53 one of the men depicted next to the Mayor, with his arms around him in the Gawker still shot, was later murdered.
The conspiracy crew up here is having fun with that one.
They all forget half the reason we're stuck with that fat right wing moron is the 'he's got great hair' left wing moron who preceded him. It was a backlash vote.
I doubt he'll win again. The early polling shows, oddly, Ford Nation is hanging strong in their support of him, yet 80% think he should resign. Everybody's a bit leery of the sideshow, even enough of Ford Nation to make a change. If a suitable centre or centre right moderate comes along, he'd be defeated.
If he runs again but realistically, he's going to fuck up again. It's what he does. It's entertaining. Toronto, in it's parochial way, lumbers along in spite of all our political masters. The whole thing is irrelevant, as are the successors to it.
Has he made any comment about his daily meetings with Lisli the drug dealer and the envelopes and packets they exchanged?
R57, who among us HASN'T smoke crack while in a drunken stupor?
r45 is absolutely right.
Apparently the Chief's brother works for an associate of Lisi's (Romeo di Battista), who owned a recycling company.
An Italian in the garbage business. Interesting.
The last time I can think of ANY news coming out of Canada was when Barbra Streisand dated Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
I don't know anything about his politics. I do know that he has alluded to being extremely drunk during this incident and other times when he was merely very drunk.
His morbid obesity and the above incidents kind of point to someone with addictions and or an addictive personality.
You have to ask yourself if he is fit for public office. I do not know the answer, but perhaps not. He certainly looks like a mess- makes Christy look healthy.
As I said, I know nothing of his politics relative to Toronto.
[quote]INSIDE SCOOP ON FORD release Friday: video #2 is real (prostitution) + the mayor has accepted bribes got the scoop from an insider at city hall. this is why he admitted to the crack smoking: the judge that allowed the removal of the redaction today.
There is a second video in the TPS possession that Blair knew about.
So he's with a hooker in tape 2?
r64, it will be interesting to see who it is. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
There are a few bodies tied to this case. One of them is a missing woman who was alleged to be a 'physiotherapist' to a man connected to the case at a house Ford frequented.
It's not the sex, it's the bribery, especially if it involves police. Blair is already in conflict, but if the allegation is true, he's in deep shit.
Ford is now admitting that he bought drugs in the last 2 years...so much for "maybe I did it once in a drunken stupor."
He kind of looks like what I would have imagined a Cabbage Patch doll would look like after it had grown up.
It's pretty obvious, he's got addiction problems.
So did George Smitherman r68, but you didn't see the unsavory characters around him.
It's not about the addiction per se.
The latest rumours flying around Toronto say that the police secretly have something much bigger on him that could send him behind bars.
R70 again. I meant to ad, does anyone know if there is truth to this?
A couple of days ago, I heard that the unreleased video shows him high as a kite while known gangsters wave guns around his head. No idea how true this is, so take it with a grain of salt.
If he ever gets arrested, he will be killed before he ever gets to testify. He's way too connected to Toronto mafia to be let off teh hook so easily.
[quote]The latest rumours flying around Toronto say that the police secretly have something much bigger on him that could send him behind bars.
I bet it involves illegally downloading.
r15 - drugs are illegal. But with Rob Ford's theory, if I break the law I will try to use his method in front of a judge and see if it gets me anywhere.
I heard it had something to do with extortion charges.
Also, the persistent rumors about his ties to the murder of the man he was photographed with, who was believed to be in possession of the now infamous video, are going to come back to the surface.
I don't think his heart can take much more of this. I'll be surprised if he lives for another year if he doesn't clean up his act.
My brother is not an addict. I know, because I am one.
Speaking of his family, I haven't really paid attention to the details. What was it that his mother was saying about his problems? Was it only that he was fat and needed to lose wight?
Did she even acknowledge the drugs?
She was running late for her Enablers Anonymous meeting.
And now Sun TV has given him his own TV show. This is Canada's version of Fox news.
The man is obviously a pothead, and isn't fit to be Mayor!
[quote]Why should I care if he smokes crack? It's not as if he's going to sell the city for a rock.
You want a drug attic leading your city? You're whacked as someone smoking crack.
[quote]You want a drug attic leading your city?
She's in the addict! She's in the addict!
Anyone else hope this guy goes crazy-eight bonkers and takes hostages at city hall so Enrico Colantoni and the SRU team shows up and Hugh Dillon has to take him down. And Gregory Smith and Travis Milne are hostages and Ford makes take off of their clothes and make out?
I miss Chris Farley.
I know you do, David.
"I have enough pussy to eat at home."
Wait, which addiction are we talking about? Overeating, alcohol, drugs or bullying?
Hard to believe he's only 44. If he got his act together, he could be a cute daddy-type, but right now, he's kind of a mess.
this story just keeps on giving!
The missing woman associated with that house on Benway where Ford smoked crack is Jaclyn Dawe, and she's not a physiotherapist with quotes around her name, she apparently really IS a therapist. The Toronto Star reported that, in the Toronto Police files on the Ford case, they saw the owner of that house on Benway walking with a cane and had tremors. There's very little about Dawe online but it's speculated here and there that she was at Benway for physical therapy for the guy who owns that house, and there are rumors she was disappeared after seeing something she shouldn't have.
More stories coming out, Rob Ford isn't going to be Mayor very long.
His hick, sleazy behavior is serving to cover the organized crime ownership of the mayor's office of Toronto and beyond.
Toronto is now a global joke, Tampa of the North. So much for that smug, prissy, judgmental Canadian attitude about corrupt, trashy U.S. politicians.
I'm Canadian myself and think most Canadians are quite happy to overlook their narrow minded, provincial-ness, especially recently.
does the "I have enough pussy to eat at home" exist on video?