Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says they have recovered a copy of a video file that “depicts images that are consistent with those previously reported in the press.”
Allegation of a video appearing to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May when reporters from the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker.com reported they were shown the video.
Toronto police say the video was the focus of an investigation that led to dozens of arrests.
The information is contained in a 300-page police document released Thursday morning.
You can read the full report below.
The document details evidence police collected in order to get a search warrant for Ford’s friend Alexander Lisi, who has been charged with extortion.
An overview of the investigation contained in the document says that an experienced detective was assigned to investigate allegations that a video showed Ford smoking crack cocaine.
Ford refused to comment on the release of the document, shouting at reporters gathered outside his house to “get off” his property.
He has repeatedly said he does not use crack cocaine and that the alleged video does not exist.
Asked whether Ford could face charges, Blair said there’s nothing in the video that would allow police to “form reasonable grounds” to support the laying of a criminal charge.