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Police: Brooklyn Bridge flags back on US soil

NEW YORK (AP) - Police say the two American flags swiped from the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced with white ones are back on U.S. soil.

New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said Friday that the flags are in the United States. He did not know their exact location.

Two German artists claimed responsibility earlier this month for the July 22 stunt.

Berlin-based Mischa Leinkauf and Mattias Wermke said they replaced the flags on top of the bridge with bleached-out versions as a tribute to public art and to the bridge's architect.

Published reports say the artists turned the original flags over to U.S. embassy officials in Germany. Leinkauf and Wermke did not respond to emails seeking comment.

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

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billcdaly August 22 2014 at 9:33 AM

And the union workers who were asleep when they were supposed to be watching the monitors are still "working".

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burthurt August 22 2014 at 9:48 AM

NYPD definately dropped the ball on this one . They just as easily could have been planting explosives . I find this extremely odd especially given the fact the pro palestininians basicallly took over the bridge just last week hanging the palestinian flag off the side of the bridge . I remember shortly after 9/11 a time where there were cops on both ends of the bridge and cameras everywhere , as there should be 24 /7 . I remember walking across it thinking this bridge is safe .NOW , What else isnt safe ? How soon we forget . We can never , FORGET . You would think New Yorkers of all people would'nt forget .

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robertsutten burthurt August 22 2014 at 12:18 PM

burthurt, Do you have the money to pay for these extra guards you request?? I know!! Let's take it out of the school budget. Oh! Wait. The school budget already want's to take it out of the fire budget who want to take it out of the welfare budget who want to take it out of the road repair budget who want to blah, blah, blah and so forth and so on. There's only so much money in New York and everyone thinks they should be the ones to get it. So who gets it?? The bridge, the schools, the airport, the cops, the roads, the fire department????

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Steven August 22 2014 at 10:10 AM

**** it rolls down hill all the way from the Big House (White) to poor quarters. Top to bottom!

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fsaufleyudt August 22 2014 at 12:18 PM

Same old story with this country. A catastrophe must happen before anyone takes action.

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debij August 22 2014 at 11:55 AM

If that was a couple of Muslims, they'd be arrested as terrorists. If it was a couple of black Americans, they'd be shot. Why haven't they arrested these Germans?

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kimcrdr August 22 2014 at 11:05 AM

something tells me this had nothing to do about "art" why would they take the flags to Germany? folks I think the mess we have going on here in America is fixing to get worse, may want to stock up on ammo!!!

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Anthony kimcrdr August 22 2014 at 3:19 PM

You fear-mongering blubbering id10t. Stay home you coward.

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coopdabomb August 22 2014 at 10:01 AM

Well I guess it's better than someone getting a bomb up there. Great work gaurds

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liondog96 August 22 2014 at 9:50 PM

Could it be an employee there? I've done creepy things before. Like making a fake ghost picture to scare the security guards at work.

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Edward J Cox August 22 2014 at 7:17 PM

These "artists" should be permanently banned from travel to the United States and we should as our neighbors Canada and Mexico to do the same.

They could have been shot as terrorists. They did a foolish and risky thing. If I had been a guard responsibl for the bridges security and several individuals with backpacks climbed beyond security barriers, they would be lieing in the East River with bullets in their heads..

Dumb *****!

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chuck August 22 2014 at 2:18 PM

they would look good hanging from the bridge

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