Toronto police chief under investigation over Doug Ford's complaint

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair holds a news conference regarding video of Mayor Rob Ford,...

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair holds a news conference regarding video of Mayor Rob Ford, Thursday, October 31, 2013. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:35 PM ET

TORONTO — Toronto Coun. Doug Ford's complaint against Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is now being investigated by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

Back in November, Ford lashed out at Blair and promised to file a complaint about his conduct just a few hours before his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, admitted to smoking crack cocaine.

On Monday, QMI Agency obtained a copy of a letter from the OIPRD to Ford sent last week that confirms it is conducting an investigation and has forwarded a copy of the councillor's complaint to the chief.

In the letter from OIPRD manager of investigations Kevin Cormier, Ford is advised that the Toronto Police Services Board has reviewed his complaint and "determined that the conduct alleged against Chief Blair may constitute misconduct" under the Police Services Act and has requested an investigation.

Cormier tells Ford he will be contacted in the near future for an interview.

Ford did not respond to an interview request on Monday.

Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash declined to comment on the investigation.

Alok Mukherjee, Toronto Police Services Board chairman, also wouldn't comment.

A spokesman for OIPRD refused to discuss the complaint.


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