New Manhattan DA won’t pursue some misdemeanors without accompanying felony charges
District attorney candidate Alvin Bragg speaks during a "Get Out the Vote" rally at A. Philip Randolph Square in Harlem, New York City, New York on Nov. 1, 2021, in New York City. - Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — Manhattan’s new district attorney told his staff Tuesday that the office will no longer prosecute fare beating, resisting arrest and other crimes he considers minor — a move toward fulfilling his campaign promise of criminal justice reform. Alvin Bragg, a former federal prosecutor who took office Jan. 1, also told assistant DAs not to seek bail except in the most egregious and violent cases. “I have dedicated my career to the inextricably linked goals of safety and fairness,” Bragg wrote in the memo. Other crimes Bragg does not wish to pursue include misdemeanor cases of trespassing...