UPDATED: Newly released Project Brazen 2 documents say Ford declined a chance to watch the crack video
Media lawyers were in court this morning arguing for the release of yet another batch of search warrant documents related to Project Brazen 2, the ongoing police investigation into Rob Ford. And we all know what that means: more crack-video news.
Today’s release, as ordered by justice Ian Nordheimer, was relatively minor (lawyers working for various media organizations—not including Toronto Life—are still in the process of trying to get more made public), but it does contain one particularly interesting detail. According to the Star, these documents say Toronto Police offered Ford a chance to watch the crack video provided he didn’t discuss it afterward, and that the mayor declined.
This is interesting, because the mayor has often implied that police have been keeping the video from him. As recently as earlier this month, during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ford reiterated his call for the video to made accessible to the public and to himself. “No, I want the world to see this video,” he said. “I’d love to see it. I keep saying show the video.”
Today’s document release reportedly also includes more details about the crack video itself, including a police description of its contents (the mayor smoking what appears to be crack—no surprises there) and some discussion of a second video, which apparently shows Mohamed Siad, one of the men who was trying to sell the crack video to reporters, bragging about having caught the mayor in the act.
UPDATE: Several media outlets are now reporting on other significant revelations contained in today’s release. Among them is the fact that police consider Ford’s frequent meetings with his friend Sandro Lisi (prior to Lisi’s arrests on drug and extortion charges in October) to have been “indicative of drug trafficking”—which is something many had already surmised. The document also fixes a precise date upon which the crack video is believed to have been filmed: February 17, 2013, around 8 p.m. That was Family Day weekend.