Mark Byrnes is a former senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
"I need f---ing 10 minutes to make sure he's dead."
Clips from a new Rob Ford video have leaked to the Toronto media, showing the mayor angrily exclaiming that he needs "f---ing 10 minutes to make sure he's dead."
According to the Toronto Sun, an anonymous source trying to sell the video provided the paper with two short clips, but the publication did not purchase it. The Sun was told that another media company agreed to purchase it, and that outlet appears to be the Toronto Star, which has just published the full video, more than a minute in length.
Ford also says in the video:
• "I'm going to kill that f..ing guy. I'm telling you it's first-degree murder ... He dies or I die, brother."
• "When he's down, I'll rip his f..ing throat out" and "I'll poke his eyes out" and "I'll make sure that motherf....'s dead."
• "No one is" going to "f... around with me" and when it comes to he and his "brothers . . don't tell me we're liars."
As of now, the context of Ford's outburst in the video is unknown. Sun reporter Joe Warmington says that Ford's language in the video is "consistent with several conversations" he's had with the mayor. The Star reports that it sent a transcript of the video, a description of the video’s contents and an offer to show it to Ford and his inner circle. There's been no comment as of yet from the Ford camp.
Update: The Toronto Star has now uploaded an embeddable version of the video (transcript included) on its YouTube page: