Legal analyst questions timing of chief's decision to call in OPP

Provinicial police will now oversee the investigation that involves mayor Rob Ford and his associates.

Mayor Rob Ford and councillor Doug Ford
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Newstalk 1010's legal analyst is questioning the timing of chief Bill Blair's decision to get the OPP involved in Project Brazen 2.

Provinicial police will now oversee the investigation that involves mayor Rob Ford and his associates.

Legal analyst Edward Prutschi agrees with the decision, but he says the OPP should have been called in right from the start.

"Once it was becoming obvious that the mayor was a target in his own right," Prutschi says. "That would have been the ideal moment to say, you know, the chief of police... who answers ultimately to the mayor in some capacity through the Toronto Police Services Board, ought not to be the one who's at the top of the chain [of the investigation.]"

OPP commissioner Chris Lewis denies that the move has anything to do with imminent charges against the mayor, but Prutschi questions whether that is the case.

Police now have their hands on audio and video files from the phone of Sandro Lisi, a friend of the mayor who was arrested last year for extortion in relation to the infamous crack cocaine video.

"If that (evidence) starts to point directly to the mayor, then actions potentially could be taken," Prutschi says.

Whether or not some kind of charges are laid against the mayor, Prutschi says the point is that the decision can no longer be made by chief Blair, given the feud between him and the Fords.

"It can't be tied back to a personal decision of [Blair's], it's going to be based upon where the evidence leads."

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