Brooklyn Bridge Flags Remain Mysterious as NYPD Investigates

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A mysterious white flag flies above the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning (Peggy Willens/WNYC)

NYPD officials say two flags placed mysteriously on top of the Brooklyn Bridge appear to have no connection to terrorism or protests.

"Needless to say, whatever the motive, it's a matter of concern," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a press conference Tuesday. "I'm not particularly happy about the event."

Police are studying surveillance tape between three and four a.m. Deputy Commissioner John Miller said the flags appear to have been American flags that were bleached white. The suspects could face trespassing charges.

"We don't take these things lightly or as a joke or as art or within the realm of speech," said Miller. "These are issues of trespass. They put themselves in danger. They put others in danger and that's why we investigate it."

A mysterious white flag flies above the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning




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Mike from NYC from Queens

So, here it is the Brooklyn Bridge. A previously known target of terrorism. And it just goes to show, all this "pro-active" surveillance the NYPD is supposed to be providing for our city--not too mention, the prominent icons such as the Brooklyn bridge, the Freedom tower (remember the teenage boy a few months ago?) are in reality easy access for whomever and for whatever.

The flag is large--yes? It could have been a bomb--yes? How do people climb a bridge --a bridge which is known to have been listed as a target---in the night of a city that never sleeps and plant such a large flag at the very top and not be seen, coming, going, or during? The answer is: because no one ; no one is watching. No surveillance. Of course , we can't watch keep on eye on every building, every spot in our great city. But our most precious icons? And previous known targets of attack? Ugh.

How can the NYPD or anyone conclude there is "no connection to terrorism"? To anyone with common sense, this is a clear demonstration of accessing --at will-- important NYC icons to install "something" --- a flag in this case. Or anything they wished to install. Hello!!

Jul. 22 2014 10:07 PM
Ivanka from Brooklyn

Actually "joe from nyc" put the flag up there, so that he could then pretend he has a real understanding of what it takes to be a leader. The 'indecision' of which he speaks is actually thoughtful, careful decision-making and is a real improvement over the knee-jerk war-mongers of a few years ago.

Jul. 22 2014 05:56 PM
joe from nyc

I believe it is symbolic of the USA's surrender to the world. we no longer have the leadership or respect of other countries. they laugh at our indecision and failure to back up what we say. Our leadership is a joke.

Jul. 22 2014 03:55 PM

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