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02/05/2014 02:33 EST | Updated 04/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Rob Ford brushes off jaywalking ticket: 'Everybody does it'

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford claims that he was singled out by police when issued a jaywalking ticket over the weekend in a suburb of Vancouver. He told reporters on Wednesday that he believed that wouldn't happen in Toronto.

"In Toronto, I've seen very few police officers giving jaywalking tickets," said the mayor on Wednesday. "I have a lot of friends on the force, they don't give jaywalking tickets."

Ford said he and "about 15 other people" were walking across the street near his hotel in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam when an officer told him he had crossed on a red light. "She picked me out and said, 'You're Rob Ford, come with me.' I'm just perplexed by it."

According to Ford, the officer called her supervisor and then, after a period of 20 minutes, issued the mayor a jaywalking ticket for $109.

"Everybody does it," said the mayor. He recounted the many times as a young man he would "scoot" across the street in Etobicoke — the west-end Toronto suburb where he grew up and continues to live today — without a green light or crosswalk.

Coun. Doug Ford said his brother is the victim of a double standard when it comes to police — in both British Columbia and Toronto, where it has been revealed there is an open investigation involving the mayor.

"It's a double standard," he said. "It's one set of rules for Rob Ford and one for every other investigation."

The mayor's brother urged Toronto police Chief Bill Blair to speak openly about the investigation into the mayor.

Recently, Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux, who was in charge of Project Brazen II — the investigation that saw hundreds of pages of surveillance details on the mayor released in the fall of 2013 — told the media the case was ongoing. Coun. Ford said the chief should be making these announcements in a public forum.

About the mayor's recent jaywalking ticket outside Vancouver, the councillor says the mayor only got ticket because of who he is. "He got the ticket because his name is Rob Ford," Coun. Ford said. 

While he admitted that he hadn't talked to his brother about the incident, Ford said the fact the mayor waited 20 minutes before being issued the ticket was an example of the double standard.

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