BROOKLYN — There’s a mystery brewing in Brooklyn. According to sister station PIX11, police are investigating who — and why — someone replaced the two American flags that fly atop the towers on the Brooklyn Bridge with white ones. Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire posted a picture and tweeted it, questioning if America has surrendered to someone. No word yet on who is responsible.
A white flag has appeared atop the Brooklyn Bridge. Did we just surrender to somebody? pic.twitter.com/qHdeAE2Z8x
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) July 22, 2014
According to PIX11, even though police are mum about pointing the blame, @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.
Earlier today we hoisted two white flags to signal our complete surrender of the Brooklyn Bridge bicycle path to pedestrians.
— Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) July 22, 2014
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. “We will not surrender our public safety to anyone, at any time. Political and social expression, whatever its message may be, has a place in our society, but not at the expense of others’ security,” he added.
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