At a packed press conference this morning, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair completely and utterly shocked the city by revealing police “are now in possession” of the
Holy Grail Rob Ford crack video. While Blair wouldn’t explicitly state that the video shows Ford smoking crack, he confirmed that police have a video file of the mayor that is “consistent with what had been previously described in various media reports”—referring, presumably, to Gawker and the Toronto Star’s bombshell articles from May. “I think it’s fair to say the mayor does appear in that video but I’m not going to get into the detail of what activities is depicted in that video,” said Blair.
Blair explained that warrants from the Project Traveller drug raids yielded multiple mobile devices and hard drives, which contained deleted files that police have now recovered. Along with the video described by the Star and Gawker, police have recovered “at least one other video file that appears somewhat relevant in the case,” Blair said. He added that there is nothing on the video that would allow police to lay criminal charges against Ford at present.
Blair’s other bombshell: Sandro Lisi, Ford’s (very close) associate and an alleged drug dealer, was arrested this morning for extortion charges, though Blair wouldn’t confirm if Ford is the victim of that extortion. The police chief also said he wouldn’t comment on what he has seen—but then immediately proceeded to say, “I’m disappointed.” His final gift to reporters: confirmation that the video will be presented in court.