A video of Mayor Rob Ford smoking what appears to be "a narcotic" was found on the laptop of an alleged gang member, who also apparently filmed himself describing how to "catch a mayor smoking crack," police allege.
A detailed description of the so-called crack video is part of a document, released Wednesday by an Ontario Superior Court judge, containing police allegations used to obtain search warrants in an ongoing investigation involving Ford.
"Mayor Ford is holding what appears to be a glass cylinder in one hand and a lighter in the other hand while engaged in conversation with individual(s) off camera," police describe.
"At one point Mayor Ford holds the glass cylinder to his mouth. Lights the lighter and applies the flame to the tip of the glass cylinder in a circular motion. After several seconds Mayor Ford appears to inhale the vapour which is produced, then exhale the vapour."
The document contains police allegations not proven in court.
The video appears to have been filmed surreptitiously at 7:57 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2013 — showing Ford "consuming what appears to be a narcotic while inside a residence," police allege. It was Sunday of a long Family Day weekend in Ontario.
Ford has admitted smoking crack cocaine, likely in one of his "drunken stupors," but has said he hasn't seen the video. Ford has urged police to release it and he has also dared the chief to arrest him.
Police offered Ford — through his lawyer — an opportunity to watch the video, on the condition he not comment on the video or discuss it with anyone, but he declined, police say in the newly released document.
Ford refused to comment Wednesday, but his lawyer, Dennis Morris, said the police offer was "baloney."
"We weren't interested in that. If you want to show the video, show the world," he told The Canadian Press. "Don't show it to me and the mayor and say, 'You can't discuss it.' That's absurd. It makes no sense."
Morris called the release of the documents a "continued waste" of taxpayers' money.