Police claim they have tape of Toronto mayor smoking crack
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto police said Thursday they have recovered a video deleted from a computer that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking from a crack pipe.
Police Chief Bill Blair said he was "disappointed" after viewing the video, but that there was nothing in the video that would provide grounds to press charges against the mayor of Canada's largest city.
"As a citizen of Toronto I'm disappointed. This is a traumatic issue for citizens of this city and the reputation of this city," Blair said.
Blair said the video will come out when Ford's friend and sometimes driver, Alexander Lisi, goes to trial on drug and extortion charges. Blair did not say who the computer belonged to or provide further details.
He said the video "depicts images that are consistent with those previously reported in the press."
Ford faced allegations in May that he had been caught on video puffing from a glass crack pipe. Two reporters with the Toronto Star said they saw the video, but it has not been released publicly. The Associated Press has not seen it and Ford maintains he does not smoke crack and that the video does not exist.