New Yorkers woke up to two white flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge towers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Two white flags hung in place of the American flags that traditionally flutter atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday, baffling New York City officials, police and onlookers. Two U.S. flags usually decorate the towers of the iconic bridge, which opened in 1883, but on Tuesday morning on they had been replaced with the international symbol of surrender, said police spokeswoman Sophia Mason. The white flags have since been taken down but they flew on in a stream of photos posted on Twitter. John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism, described the flags as approximately 20 feet by 11 feet that appeared to be American flags with stars and stripes and bleached white. Miller added they don't believe the stunt is connected to terrorism or even politics. "This may be somebody's art project or an attempt to make some kind of statement, but at this point it's not clear what that statement is," Miller told reporters Tuesday afternoon. New York City Councilman Mark Weprin tweeted one shot at about 10 a.m. with the question, "Why are there white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge?" By 1 p.m., Weprin tweeted another photo that showed the American flags back in their proper place. The incident was under investigation.