The New York Police Department has a baffling mystery on its hands. Someone scaled the Brooklyn bridge last night or early this morning and raised 2 gigantic white flags where American flags usually fly. Police are trying to figure out if the white flags were put there by terrorists or pranksters -- and how they managed to bypass the bridge's tight security.
New York City is the #1 target of terrorists because it is the financial and banking center of the US. The leader of the insurgent group ISIS has threatened to bring war to NY City. “I’ll see you guys in New York,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said last week.
His threats triggered heightened security alerts in NY. “We don’t take any threat lightly,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
From the NY Post:
Emergency Services cops lowered the two rogue flags — which are the traditional symbol for “surrender” — and folded them into tight triangles using traditional procedures around 11 a.m. The cops also packed up what appeared to be painting supplies.
The discovery was made sometime on Tuesday morning.
“It amazes me nobody saw anything… I’m upset,” said Nick Krevatas 49, a bridge painter from White Stone, Queens.
Officials replaced replaced one of the white flags, on the Manhattan-side tower, with a U.S. flag by 1:15 p.m.
Police are trying to figure out how someone was able to gain access to the bridge, which has around-the-clock patrol cars stationed on both sides of the bridge and security cameras.
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