During a press conference, Toronto police Chief Bill Blair said, “The video files depict images that are consistent with what has previously been reported” in the media.
Ford’s friend Alexander Sandro Lisi was arrested in connection to the video and charged with extortion. The mayor has so far declined to comment on the video on the grounds that he is unaware of its very existence.
After media outlets uncovered the video in May, police assigned homicide detective Sgt. Gary Giroux to “investigate the existence of a cellular phone containing a video of Ford smoking crack cocaine,” according to court documents.
During the course of the investigation, Ford was photographed taking part in meetings with Lisi. The video that police now have was recovered from a computer hard drive.
“It's safe to say the mayor does appear in the video,” Blair said. “As a citizen of the city, I am disappointed.”
Ford yelled “Get off my driveway,” at reporters and photographers before leaving his residence in his SUV on Thursday morning.
He could eventually face criminal charges. “No one has been treated differently because of who they are,” Blair said. “No one has been overlooked.”
This is Ford back in May.