Bill Bratton has some big responsibilities as commissioner of the New York City Police Department, but he still finds time to stop even the city’s most petty criminals.
Speaking at a breakfast event on Friday morning, he said that one day earlier, he was walking in the Financial District when he smelled the distinct odor of weed. “All of a sudden, there it is, that smell,” he said, according to the New York Post. “I thought, ‘What the hell—8:30 on Wall Street?'”
The culprit was a young woman, apparently enjoying a morning smoke on her way to class. Bratton approached her on one side while his security officer cornered her on the other, and the commissioner tapped her on the shoulder. “I wish I had a photograph of that face,” he said. “She instantly recognized me.” Bratton then “politely” removed the joint from the girl’s mouth and threw it in the sewer.
Bratton decided not to arrest the young woman, letting her off with probably one of the most compelling warnings in recent policing history.