- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Police Commissioner William Bratton is saying he would consider adopting a system of issuing written warnings for some first and second-time offenders.

He outlined his position Tuesday in a letter sent to the City Council.

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.

He also suggested created a working group from the NYPD, the council, the mayor’s office and the city’s district attorneys to examine the issue.

Mark-Viverito deemed Bratton’s letter a positive step.


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