Some Rob Ford staff wrongly thought crack video spurred Anthony Smith murder

Mayor Rob Ford watches TV coverage after documents were released on Dec. 4, 2013. (Michael...

Mayor Rob Ford watches TV coverage after documents were released on Dec. 4, 2013. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

Mayor Rob Ford’s staff members mistakenly believed the murder of an alleged gang member seen in a photo with the mayor was motivated by the now infamous crack video, according to police documents released Wednesday.

The revelation came from Ford’s former chief of staff — Mark Towhey — during an interview with two Toronto Police detectives.

Towhey told officers that David Price — Ford’s former director of logistics and operations — disclosed that the cellphone containing the mayor’s crack video belonged to murder victim Anthony Smith “and that it was the motive for his murder.”

The police documents were released by a judge Wednesday. None of the information has been proven in court.

“Towhey recognized that a motive would be important to a homicide investigation and advised Price he would be contacting police to report it,” say documents.


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