“It’s very dangerous to put any weight into any of this,” Morris told The Associated Press. “There’s nothing to address.”
City councilor Joe Mihevc said police need to examine the allegations that Ford tried to obtain the tape.
“The mayor can’t come out and say, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’” Mihevc said. “This man needs help. He needs a lot of help.”
Toronto Police Bill Blair declined to comment on the newly released documents. The wiretaps are evidence in the case against Lisi, who faces trial on drug and extortion charges. The mayor has not been charged.
“All of the evidence that was gathered in that case has been reviewed by investigators and with the Crown prosecutors in this case, and where reasonable and probable grounds to lay a charge exists, charges have been laid,” Blair said.
Police were in the midst of a drug and weapons investigation involving alleged members of the Dixon Bloods gang when the mayor’s name surfaced on wiretaps in March and April. Police didn’t open an investigation into Ford and Lisi until May, when U.S. website Gawker and the Toronto Star reported that alleged drug dealers were shopping around the crack video.
Ford says he has quit drinking and adopted a healthier lifestyle. And he’s not avoiding the spotlight. He’s agreed to appear on a Washington-based sports talk show to make NFL picks.
Councilor Janet Davis said the image of Ford laughing at the newest revelations demonstrates his arrogance and lack of judgment.
“If he laughed today, and thousands and thousands of people of the city of Toronto saw that he was laughing at what was revealed today, it will just simply deepen the anger toward this man,” Davis said.