Jun 17, 2013
By Jane Brown
Toronto’s embattled mayor admits its time for him to get his own security officers. It’s the first time Rob Ford has said publicly that he should have personal protection when he attends events in the city. Mayor Ford made the comments on his local radio show yesterday following an incident on Saturday in Little Italy when he says someone threw a drink at him.
The Mayor’s co-host and brother, Councillor Doug Ford, told reporters yesterday, “I’ve always said he needs protection, always. There are a bunch of crazies out there. Our families have been threatened, my kids have been threatened. Rob’s been threatened, his staff’s been threatened. Because who knows, it might not have been juice. It could’ve been a weapon. It could’ve been acid. It could’ve been hot coffee or hot chocolate.” Councillor Ford says despite the incident on Saturday, the Mayor is like a rock star when he goes out to large events and is swarmed by tens of thousands of people.
At City Hall, a security guard escorts the mayor through lines of waiting reporters and protects him. In recent weeks, since reports surfaced of an alleged video appearing to show Mayor Ford smoking crack cocaine, the line of reporters waiting outside Ford’s city hall office has grown. Ford has repeatedly denied using crack cocaine and has said there is no video.