American Flags on Brooklyn Bridge Mysteriously Replaced by White Flags

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BROOKLYN, New York — Police in New York are trying to figure out who replaced a pair of U.S. flags typically perched on top of the Brooklyn Bridge with white flags, an internationally recognized sign of ceasefire or surrender.

Motorists and pedestrians noticed the change Tuesday morning.

Police said it was not clear what time the flags were replaced, or who did it, but by 11:30 a.m. both flags had been removed by officers.

Even though authorities have not publicly named the perpetrator, @BicycleLobby posted to Twitter taking responsibility for the flag-swap.

“Earlier today we hoisted two white flags to signal our complete surrender of the Brooklyn Bridge bicycle path to pedestrians,” the tweet reads.

However @BicycleLobby has now said the twitter account is a parody account.

The bridge is one of the most heavily secured landmarks in the city, constantly monitored by surveillance cameras.

Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams derided the stunt, saying it jeopardizes public safety especially at city landmarks that are already “known to be high-risk targets.”

“If flying a white flag atop the Brooklyn Bridge is someone’s idea of a joke, I’m not laughing,” Adams said in a statement.


A white flag flies above the Brooklyn Bridge where a U.S. flag is typically perched on July 22, 2014. (Photo: PIX11’s Andrew Ramos)