New York City Police Department Commissioner recently happened to be on Wall Street in lower Manhattan. As he traveled on a sidewalk, he noticed an aroma floating in the air and decided to follow the smell.

NYPD Commissioner Bratton Seizes Woman’s Marijuana On Wall Street

Commission Bill Bratton and one of his security officers found a young college-aged woman enjoying a marijuana joint. He quickly stopped the woman, took the joint out of her mouth and threw it down the sewer.

“Directly in front of us is this young woman, happily puffing away, on her way – with her earphones in and [with] her school bag — to one of the local schools,” recalled Bratton at a New York Law School breakfast today (Friday).

“All of a sudden, there it is, that smell,” he said. I thought, “What the hell —8:30 on Wall Street?”

“So my security officer came up on one side, I came up on the other and tapped her on the shoulder,” he said. “I wish I had a photograph of that face. She instantly recognized me.”

“If you’re smoking it in public we will potentially arrest you,” he said, “but we encourage officers to use the scale they are authorized to use — warning, admonitions, summons, arrest if necessary.”

The girl did not get arrested.

The NYPD announced it would stop arresting those with 25 grams or less of weed last year. Instead, city officers issue summons and fines.

NYPD Commissioner Bratton Seizes Woman’s Marijuana On Wall Street