TORONTO – Rob Ford’s sobriety coach kicked a shirtless protester in the knee as a self-described “shirtless horde” disrupted the mayor’s press conference Tuesday morning, police say.
Protester John Furr “pushed the mayor’s staff member … The sobriety coach then kicked the protestor in the knee,” police spokesperson Mark Pugash told Global News.
“Police officers then spoke to all the various people involved, who made it clear they didn’t want the matter to go any further.”
The officer “exercised his discretion,” Pugash added.
In a video recorded by City News, a Toronto Police Officer can be heard telling the man not to kick the protester.
“If you want me to help you out, you can’t be kicking him,” the police officer told Bob Marier, the mayor’s sobriety coach.
“I saw you kick him. I saw it happen.”
Furr had organized a “shirtless horde” – roughly four people showed up – to disrupt the mayor’s press conference on Eglinton Avenue where the mayor derided plans to redevelop the thoroughfare.
No charges were laid.