Rob Ford Asks Police to Release Alleged Crack Video

Toronto mayor admits to mistakes and apologizes to residents

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared on a local radio station following revelations this week by police of a video of the politician allegedly smoking crack, and called on police to release it for the public to see.

Toronto residents “deserve” to see the video and “judge for themselves,” Ford said, though he admitted he hadn’t yet seen the video himself. “Unfortunately, I cannot change the past,” Ford continued, saying he had “made mistakes” and apologized to his constituents.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair announced earlier this week that authorities were in possession of a video that was “consistent with what has been described in the press,” but must follow due process and cannot release the video.

Ford previously denied using crack cocaine and the existence of the video since reports first surfaced in May by Gawker.

[CTV News]