Newly unsealed documents reveal for the first time an official police description of the infamous video that appears to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.
Media lawyer Peter Jacobsen, who argued for the release of the search warrants, said Wednesday that the documents contain a detailed description of Ford smoking from a pipe.
“At one point Mayor Ford holds the glass cylinder in his mouth, lights the lighter and applies the flame to the tip of the glass cylinder in a circular motion,” Jacobsen read from the unsealed documents outside court.
“After several seconds, Mayor Ford appears to inhale the vapour which is produced, then exhale the vapour.
At the end of the video, Mayor Ford’s attention is drawn towards an illuminated electronic device that looks like a cellphone, which briefly passes in front of the recording device. Mayor Ford appears to look into the recording device, then drops the glass cylinder and lighter on the table next to him. He briefly points at the camera and asks if it’s on.”
The length of the video is approximately one minute, according to the search warrant.
Jacobsen also said the documents make it clear that the Toronto police investigation involving Ford – dubbed Project Brazen 2 -- is ongoing.
Earlier this month, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair announced that the Ontario Provincial Police will assume an oversight role of Project Brazen 2.
Project Brazen 2 was launched in the fall after police became aware of the Ford video. A separate investigation involving drugs and guns was being conducted the time.