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Duly Quoted: An Unnamed Source, on the OPP’s Project Brazen 2 Extortion Theory

Toronto police think the mayor's friend Sandro Lisi made an extortion attempt; the OPP apparently thinks the mayor was the victim of a totally different extortion attempt.

“Nobody understands how the OPP came up with this. The Toronto police don’t know where this is coming from.”

-Unnamed source with “knowledge of the Toronto police involvement,” speaking to the Star about reports that the OPP and Toronto police are at odds over the Project Brazen 2 investigation. Toronto police hold that the mayor’s friend and occasional driver Sandro Lisi threatened various individuals in an attempt to retrieve the notorious crack-smoking video. In early March, though, the OPP assumed an oversight role in the investigation after a request from Chief Bill Blair—and it seems to have come to a different conclusion. OPP Detective Inspector Chris Nicholas, according to unnamed sources, believes that it was the mayor who became the victim of an extortion attempt when Mohamed Siad, who shot the video, demanded money in exchange for the return of the footage. The Star notes, though, that “both theories are possible and are not mutually exclusive.”


  • Notcleverguy

    The extortion attempts could easily have gone both ways, still illegal.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Someone at my workplace floated the idea that Lisi was trying to extort Ford given how Lisi liked record his conversations with others. I’m not so sure about that, Lisi seems more loyal to Ford, but it gives this scandal a real Coen brothers touch with all the potential double crossing and possible blackmailing.

      • OpportKnocks

        I love the idea of the Coen brothers doing a Ford movie, perhaps “No City for Dumb Men”, or “The Mayor of Little Mogadishu”. John Goodman would be perfect in the role

    • OpportKnocks

      There is not much doubt that the extortion attempts did go both ways, the only issue is whether or not there is enough evidence to convict Lisi and/or Ford. It must be apparent to police by now that Lisi is not going to rat out Ford.

      My read of today’s announcement is that the OPP are either:
      a) Incompetent
      b) Engaging in a bit of gamesmanship to get one of the parties to drop their guard.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    Seems like the OPP are trying to find an out for Ford. They probably don’t like the idea of charging the Mayor and this theory makes it look like Ford is the victim. Even if no charges are ever laid, one has to question the judgement of a Mayor who does crack with people he barely knows and possibly allows himself to be blackmailed.

    • DMTO

      Seem to me they looked at the evidence and concluded ‘the TPS have nothing’. With the ball back in Blair’s court it will be interesting to see what his next step will be.

      • OgtheDim

        Not based on what we know to date. More like they looked the evidence and saw a particular pattern and wanted to go with that.

        Not good policing.

        OPP detectives don’t have the history of having to do work like this on a daily basis.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    One could have precipitated the other. Threaten a career bully and he (or his goons) may just threaten you back…

  • OgtheDim

    Hmm…Brazen 2 documents making OPP look bad.

  • Graeme

    Then fucking arrest them both already.

  • Whaaa… ?

    So the question I have is… who at the OPP is the Ford family directly or indirectly friends with?

    • torontothegreat

      As soon as I read the story this morning that was my first thought too. Doug made a big stink to get this moved over to the OPP and considering how well the Ford family is connected provincially, this wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

  • rich1299

    It was actually $200,000 and it has nothing to do with extortion, it was an attempt to buy the video by Gawker, that’s very different than extortion. Just because you buy something from a gangster doesn’t mean you’re being extorted by them. As well there was no evidence or even remotely believable claim that if Gawker had managed to buy the video of Rob Ford smoking crack they would’ve used it to extort Rob Ford. In the end the money they raised ended up going to local addiction treatment programs when they were unable to buy the video.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    You don’t find it odd that much of the evidence points to Lisi threatening and attempting to extort the video and somehow the OPP want to make Ford out to be the victim.? It’s not unheard of for the Police to decide on which way to go with the evidence even when it points the other way. There are many cases in Canadian history of people put away because the cops tried to fit the evidence to their suspect. Of course, both parties could’ve been trying to extort at different times but the headlines are all about Lisi threatening to bring hell on earth to the Dixon City neighbourhood along with some “dirty cops” and yet the OPP wants go after the other guys. Why you connect the Gawker attempt to purchase the video through the crackstarter is beyond me, but hey, I’m just a sheep.