- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two American flags were stolen from atop the Brooklyn Bridge overnight Monday and replaced with two white flags, police said.

The white flags — which would typically signal surrender — were still flying Tuesday morning on top of the towers that hold the cables above the bridge, a local CBS affiliate reported.

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

The flags appeared to be white-washed versions of the American flag, because video from the scene showed that a hint of stars and stripes can be seen as they flap in the breeze.

At least four officers were seen about 11 a.m. scaling the bridge and lowering one of the flags, the station said.

It’s not clear who is responsible for replacing the flags and why. Detectives are reviewing surveillance video to see when the theft took place, the station said.