Bratton Willing to Consider Warning Some Offenders

NEW YORK (AP) -

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday he would consider adopting a system of issuing written warnings for some first and second-time offenders instead of arresting them.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has proposed decriminalizing some offenses like turnstile jumping and possessing an open container of alcohol. Bratton has steadfastly opposed decriminalization, fearing officers would lose the rights to check an individual’s identification.

But he said that using warning cards for some offenses would allow officers to check an individual’s history before issuing a potential warrant or summons.