- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says that if two German artists really are the culprits who replaced the American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with faded white versions, they should be arrested.

Berlin-based Mischa Leinkauf and Mattias Wermke said this week they made the switch as a tribute to public art and the bridge’s architect.

The NYPD is investigating their claim but has not yet concluded if the men were responsible.

De Blasio said Wednesday that while he was not a prosecutor, the incident “looked like trespassing” to him.

And he said that if a crime were committed, charges should be filed.

The flag switch last month raised questions about security on the bridge, one of New York’s most visible landmarks.

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