Project Brazen 2 announcement

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 5:04 p.m. November 14, 2013

Chief Bill Blair announced further information and a charge stemming from Project Brazen 2.

Chief Bill Blair standing at the podium of the Toronto Police Headquarter's Media gallery
Chief Blair speaks to reporters

Toronto Police have recovered a digital video file in which Mayor Rob Ford appears and have charged Alexander Lisi with extortion as part of the investigation.

At a news conference at police headquarters on Oct. 31, Chief Bill Blair said significant evidence was seized during the year-long Project Traveller, primarily involving a criminal gang in the city’s west end, that led to 43 arrests, netted millions of dollars’ worth of drugs and resulted in substantial gun and cash seizures.

That project ended on June 13.

“There were indications during the course of that investigation of other criminal activity, not encompassed within the original Project Traveller mandate and, as a consequence, I directed that an investigation be conducted into information that we had received with respect to certain criminal behaviour to ensure that we left no stone unturned and that we did our job,” Blair said.

That investigation led to two arrests and drug-related charges.

As a result of the evidence that has been seized on June 13, a number of electronic devices, including computers, telephones and hard drives were seized. They have been subjected to review and examination by members of our Intelligence Unit computer technology section.

“On Oct. 29, we received information that, in the examination of a hard drive that was seized on June 13, they were able to identify a number of files that had been deleted that they were able to recover. As a result, we are in possession of the recovered digital files relevant to the investigations that have been conducted.”

Blair said the files contain images that appear to be those that were previously reported in the media, with respect to events that allegedly took place at a home at Windsor Rd. in Etobicoke. As a result of the investigation and evidence gathered, Lisi was arrested and charged.

The Chief added that two of the several seized video files are relevant to the investigation.

“I will not get into what is on those videos,” Blair said.

@TorontoPolice Chief Blair News Conference 2013-10-31 re: Project Brazen 2

...I think it’s fair to say, however, that the Mayor does appear in that video, but I am not going to get into the detail of what activities are depicted in that video. The right place for that evidence to be disclosed is in court.

When asked if he was shocked by the videos, he said he was “disappointed.”

“I know this is a traumatic issue for the citizens of this city and the reputation of this city,” added Blair.

“It concerns me.”

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