Apr 03, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Mayor Rob Ford claims his name has been cleared – now that the Ontario Provincial Police have stepped back from a lengthy criminal investigation into his activities.
The O.P.P. said today the force is no longer overseeing the Toronto police investigation at this time – because no new information has come forward.
Mayor Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris, says it’s not up to the O.P.P. to determine whether charges can be laid.
Toronto police say Project Brazen 2 is an ongoing investigation and although the O.P.P. are not providing oversight – they are still involved.
Documents released today by a judge reveal that Toronto police allege that in the wake of media reports about the so-called crack video – in which Mayor Ford appears to be smoking from a crack cocaine pipe – a resident of a suspected crack house complained that the mayor’s people were coming by every day.
Media lawyer Peter Jacobson says there’s also a suggestion in the document that people in the Dixon Road neighborhood were frightened at the possibilty that the area would get “heated-up” by “dirty cops” that the mayor knows – as part of the search for the crack video.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.