Some city councillors are looking to Toronto Police to explain why despite mounting allegations of illegal behaviour, Rob Ford hasn't been criminally charged.
On Wednesday Chief of Police Bill Blair explained. Sort of. "Where reasonable, probable grounds to lay a charge exists, charges have been laid. But that's up to the investigators in consultation with the Crown", said Blair.
Blair wouldn't comment directly on fresh accusations against the mayor revealed in a wire tapes from Project Brazen 2, released by the courts late Wednesday afternoon.
The previously blacked-out pages reveal that Ford allegedly offered $5,000 and a car in exchange for the alleged crack video. They also detail the mayor's alleged repeated use of drugs including crack and heroin while at 15 Windsor Drive, a spot identified by police as a crack house. An accused drug dealer also said he had pictures of Ford "on the pipe".
The documents also suggest Ford's occasional driver, Sandro Lisi, threatened that the mayor would "put heat on Dixon" if local gang members didn't do as he asked. Lisi also allegedly traded a chunk of marijuana to get the mayor's stolen cell phone back.
The allegations haven't been proven in court. And Chief Blair says that's the right place for the evidence to be discussed.
"I don't believe it's appropriate for the police to comment on the evidence", said Blair. "Our job is to put it before the courts. We've done that job and the courts have done what they have seen fit to do with it".
Blair said he's staying mindful of the fact that there are a number of criminal prosecutions tied to the documents that are ongoing and he wants to maintain their integrity.
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