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German artists: We switched Brooklyn Bridge flags

Artists Claim Responsibility For Brooklyn Bridge Flag Swap


NEW YORK (AP) - Two German artists have claimed responsibility for the white flags that mysteriously appeared on the Brooklyn Bridge last month.

Mischa Leinkauf and Mattias Wermke said Tuesday they removed the bridge's American flags and posted the white flags early July 22 in celebration of public art. They say July 22 marked the 145th anniversary of German-born bridge architect John August Roebling's death. They say they're returning the American flags.

Police say they're aware of the artists' statements but won't say whether investigators had identified them as suspects before they came forward.

Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis says the investigation is continuing. He says detectives are trying to determine if more than two people were involved in the flag switch.

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Mike August 12 2014 at 9:03 PM

Hope they'll be deported and placed in never be allowed back in the US

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jacobsgold August 12 2014 at 11:40 PM

Fine them and ship them home. Then find out where the security guards were.

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vincentpricehowell August 12 2014 at 9:39 PM

Are they citizens would be my first question. If they aren't! Good-bye! The Latinos take it on the chin all the time, but I don't care where the person's from. You do something like this you're gone, if you're not a citizen. If they are, the law will handle it.

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Karl vincentpricehowell August 12 2014 at 9:45 PM

Chill out Chumplee.. It was a PRANK...

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vincentpricehowell Karl August 13 2014 at 1:54 PM

Jawohl Herr Oberst!!

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Carol Karl August 14 2014 at 11:03 AM

It was desecration.

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frankiegallo33 August 13 2014 at 6:56 AM

Good. Now lock them up!

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riverboy19 frankiegallo33 August 13 2014 at 12:48 PM

who....hummm I think u mean the congress.

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firestormaces August 13 2014 at 3:23 AM

, well u azs americans here dont find it a bit funny, put them in jail,

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riverboy19 firestormaces August 13 2014 at 12:48 PM

jails are for politicians.

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chall6pk August 12 2014 at 11:01 PM

I don't get it....Makes no sense to me except disrespectful of the Flag of the USA...That's all it is....I think they should be simply prosecuted for theft...return them or not....

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richkiasales August 13 2014 at 9:16 AM

They should be commended and rewarded for their skills to bypass all of the so-called security the bridge was supposed to have. The stationed officers should be fired and all of the so-called security updated and upgraded. We should be happy they were not actual terrotists. GREAT JOB GUYS !

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michael August 13 2014 at 2:18 AM

They definitely made a statement.

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jenrtrns michael August 13 2014 at 11:45 PM

an assinine statement.

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goplies2u August 12 2014 at 9:12 PM

Artists: 1
Cops: 0

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landslowrance goplies2u August 12 2014 at 9:22 PM

Artist: 1
Cops: 0
Bridge Security: F

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Karl August 12 2014 at 9:39 PM

I bet that they could sneak by the TSA carrying machine guns and sticks of TNT.

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