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Toronto mayor's allies call for video's release

November 1, 2013
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Backers of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford are calling for police to release a video that appears to show him smoking a crack pipe.

They also are attacking the police chief for talking about the video even though the mayor is not facing charges.

Dennis Morris, Ford's lawyer, told The Associated Press on Friday that Police Chief Bill Blair acted as "judge, jury and executioner" when he announced Thursday that police had recovered the video and said he was "disappointed" in the mayor.

Blair said the video was recovered from a computer hard drive after a massive surveillance operation, but it did not provide grounds to press charges against Ford.

Ford's brother Doug, a city councilor, says the chief erred when he made his personal opinions known to the public.



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