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.