New court documents detail the Rob Ford crack video
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford held a glass pipe to his mouth, moved a burning lighter in a circular motion, and inhaled what appeared to be a "narcotic" vapour, according to an official police description of the now infamous drug video ordered released this morning.
The document describes the 1-minute film in detail. It tells how Ford, sitting in a room with Mohamed Siad and convicted cocaine trafficker Elena Basso, was covertly filmed smoking crack. Near the end, "Ford appears to look into the recording device. He then drops the glass cylinder on a table next to him; he briefly points at the camera and asks if it is on."
Another 25-second video, the existence of which was made public by police last year, shows Siad talking to the camera, detailing how to surreptitiously film someone without drawing their attention. He says that's how to "catch a mayor smoking crack."
The documents say there are three other short videos that appear to be failed attempts to film Ford.
The ITO, which stands for Information to Obtain, also confirms that the investigation into Rob Ford is active and ongoing. It alleges his meetings with Sandro Lisi, a friend facing drug and extortion charges related to the crack video, were "indicative to that of drug trafficking" and details a beating at the Basso home by an "unknown male" in the days after the crack story broke.
An Ontario Superior Court judge ordered the release of the documents, which were used to obtain arrest warrants in Project Brazen 2, the months-long police investigation into allegations Ford had been filmed smoking crack, after hearing arguments from lawyers representing a number of Toronto media organizations earlier this morning.
The previous stack of ITO papers contained photographs of the mayor meeting with Lisi and concerns from Ford's city hall staff that he was abusing drugs and alcohol. The countless lurid details led city council to remove many of Ford's powers and responsibilities.
Police Chief Bill Blair announced in October last year that investigators had recovered a deleted copy of the video from a hard drive seized during an anti-gang raid at a Dixon Road high rise complex.
None of the allegations in the ITOs have been proven in court.
Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.
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