When Alvin Bragg was a candidate for Manhattan district attorney, he spoke often about gun possession cases that did not merit harsh prosecution or imprisonment, saying that not every person charged with such a crime was linked to violence.

But on Wednesday, facing a backlash over the lenient policies he put in place upon taking office earlier this month and following a string of high-profile shootings, Mr. Bragg announced the appointment of a new prosecutor dedicated to preventing gun violence — and acknowledged that his emphasis, if not his approach, had changed.

Mr. Bragg said that he had been overly focused during the campaign on what he called “exceptional” cases in which gun possession should not be prosecuted.

During his first days in office, Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, instructed his prosecutors to seek jail or prison time for only the most serious crimes. Credit…Anna Watts for The New York Times When Alvin Bragg was a candidate for Manhattan district attorney, he spoke often about gun […]

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