TORONTO, Canada (AP) — Toronto's police chief said yesterday they have recovered a video deleted from a computer that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking from a crack pipe.
Police Chief Bill Blair said he was "disappointed" after viewing the video, but that there was nothing in the video that would provide grounds to press charges.
Blair said the video will come out in court but declined to say who the computer belonged to or provide other details.
He said the video, recovered from a computer hard drive, "depicts images that are consistent with those previously reported in the press".
Ford faced allegations in May that he had been caught on video puffing from a glass crack pipe. Two reporters with the Toronto Star said they saw the video, but it has not been released publicly. The Associated Press has not seen it and Ford maintains he does not smoke crack and that the video does not exist.
Ford angrily yelled at reporters yesterday to get off his property before he left his house in the morning. He didn't respond to questions shouted at him.
Earlier yesterday, police released documents showing they had rummaged through Ford's garbage in search of evidence of drug use and that they conducted a massive surveillance operation monitoring the mayor and a close friend following drug use allegations.
In the documents, the police said reports of the video triggered an investigation that led to several arrests.
The documents detail evidence that led to the arrest of Ford's friend and sometime driver Alexander Lisi, charged with marijuana trafficking and possession.
Blair said Lisi has since been charged with extortion, but declined to elaborate on the new charge.
The police documents, ordered released by a judge, show Ford receiving suspicious packages from Lisi on several occasions.
"Lisi approached the driver's side of the mayor's vehicle with a small white gift bag in hand; he then walked around to the passenger side and got on board," reads one document dated July 30, 2013. "After a few minutes Lisi exited the Escalade empty-handed and walked back to his Range Range Rover."
Another dated July 28 says Lisi "constantly used counter surveillance techniques" when he met with Ford that day.
Documents dated August 13 say Lisi and Ford met and "made their way into a secluded area of the adjacent woods where they were obscured from surveillance efforts and stayed for approximately one hour".