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article imageCTV News claims police knew of Rob Ford video before news broke

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 14, 2013 in Politics
The so-called Rob Ford crack video, in which the Toronto mayor is alleged to be smoking crack cocaine, was known to Toronto police weeks before the public got wind of it. CTV news said a "highly-placed source" told them police heard of it on wiretaps.
The national news channel said on Thursday their source told them that on wiretaps police heard of, and were investigating, the existence of a video in which Mr. Ford may have been a part of weeks before Gawker and the Toronto Star published details of it.
CTV News staff wrote on Thursday: "A highly-placed source confirms to CTV News that on those wiretaps, persons of interest discussed that video in detail, and referred to the mayor's alleged presence in the video."
During extensive raids Thursday, June 14, while outside a condominium complex on Dixon Rd., the Toronto Star quoted police Sgt. Chris Laush telling local residents the raids had “...nothing to do with Rob Ford." However, if the CTV news report is true then the raids appear to be connected to Mr. Ford.
At an afternoon press conference, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair declined to speak directly of the mayor when asked about the alleged video of Mr. Ford smoking crack cocaine.
“We will be turning all of that evidence over to the prosecuting attorney; it will come out in court where it belongs,” Chief Blair said. “To do otherwise would, quite frankly, jeopardize the prosecution of those who we allege to be responsible for some very serious criminal offences.”
Mr. Ford has repeatedly denied such a video exists.
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