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Doug Ford: Bill Blair, Toronto Police Chief, Conspiring Against Rob Ford

11/05/2013 10:14 EST

UPDATE -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted he has smoked crack cocaine.

The mayor told reporters at city hall that he has tried crack cocaine "probably in one of my drunken stupors.''

"I've made mistakes," he said. "I didn't think it was a problem."

"It's obviously a problem."

And the video, allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine?

"I can't comment on the video that I haven't seen."

Ford says he is not an addict but he has tried the drug about a year ago.

"I've made mistakes in the past," he said. "All I can do is apologize."

Ford has been under intense scrutiny for months after two media outlets reported the existence of a video that they said appeared to show the mayor smoking crack.

Until today, Ford had denied he ever smoked crack cocaine and suggested the video did not exist.

You can watch the full video of the Ford scrum with reporters here.

MORE TO COME

The brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is accusing the city's top cop of conspiring to take down the controversial, embattled leader.

Doug Ford, a Toronto city councillor, appeared on The John Oakley Radio Show Tuesday morning to angrily demand Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair step aside.

"There is obviously a bias right now moving forward in the city with a police chief against the mayor," said Ford.

The councillor said he has called the chair of the Police Services Board to ask for a probe into the chief's conduct.

"I think, personally, this is just Doug Ford's opinion, he needs to step down until the probe is done," Ford said.

The councillor said Blair has never seen eye to eye with the mayor and is now attempting to be "judge, jury and executioner" in light of the scandal surrounding a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

He also accused the chief of "uninviting" the mayor from an upcoming police gala.

Listen to the full interview

Blair has been accused by some of overstepping his authority by saying he was "disappointed," as a citizen, over the contents of the Ford video now in possession of police.

"I think it's fair to say that the mayor does appear in that video but I'm not going to get into the detail of what activity is depicted on that video," Blair said at a press conference last week.

The chief also described the scandal as "traumatic" for those in Canada's biggest city.

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Doug Ford reiterated that Blair "shouldn't have come out and made the comments while he was wearing the police chief uniform."

Blair later told reporters he was asked a specific question and responded how he felt.

"I'm not going to respond to any personal attacks," Blair said. "We're just going to continue to do our job."

Rob Ford has publicly called on Toronto police to release the video.

Conservative Senator Bob Runciman, a former solicitor general of Ontario, told The Toronto Sun on Monday that Blair's comments were inappropriate because Ontario's Police Services Act states an officer in uniform must not engage in "political activity that places, or is likely to place, the police officer in a position of conflict of interest."

Former British Columbia premier and Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh evidently agrees that Blair's words crossed over to the political arena.

Dosanjh tweeted Sunday that both Rob Ford and Blair should go.

Doug Ford has called the chief the best politician he's ever met.

"He wanted to go out and put a political bullet right between the mayor's eyes," Ford told Oakley.

What do you think? Did Blair cross a line — and become political — when he addressed the video? Should the police chief step down? Tell us in the comments.

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