Chief Bill Blair drops a bombshell in the press conference with his confirmation that police are now in possession of a digital video file that "contains images that was described in the press."
The Video Will Be Presented In Court
In video will be presented during the trial of Ford's friend and occasional driver, Alexander Lisi, who is now charged with extortion, along with previous charges for marijuana trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Will Rob Ford Face Charges?
Chief Blair says the video does not show anything that could on its own lead to charges against Mayor Ford. The police are continuing their investigation.
Lisi Charged With Extortion
Ford friend and occasional driver Alexander Lisi is now facing extortion charges.
Staffer Was Concerned Lisi Provided Mayor With 'Marijuana And Possibly Cocaine'
Ford former staffer, Chris Fickel said he "heard that 'Sandro'" supplied the mayor with drugs, according to the documents.
Bill Blair Is Disappointed
"As a citizen of Toronto I'm disappointed," Blair said.
"I know it's traumatic for the citizens of this city."
Police Went Through Ford's Garbage
From the ITO: Police went through Mayor Rob Ford's garbage. Took photographs of empty bottles & McDonald's receipt pic.twitter.com/oj3ZXEZedb
Ford used his party time on the Danforth to seek the spotlight while posing for countless pictures. He knew all eyes were on him because he was smiling for the attention. He knows the cloud of suspicion that surrounds him is darkening the city's reputation and causing dysfunction within city council. He honestly doesn't even seem to care.
Is the media being fair to Rob Ford? How about Mike Duffy? My conclusions? "Yes" to the first, "maybe" to the second. Bad guys unquestionably deserve bad press. But like the rest of us, they also deserve fairness -- particularly at a time when a cynical public's in the mood to swallow any negative innuendo they hear. Ethics aren't easy, but they're always right.
More than one online commenter has asked whether Gawker will share revenue from pageviews with their donors if they are able to purchase the alleged Ford video. I'm more curious whether the donors will share the credit and the blame if crowdfunding checkbook journalism becomes the next big thing.