Eric Adams is not surrendering.
The mysterious white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge have Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, fuming. Police are investigating how the white flags, which replaced the American flags on both towers today, ended up there and Mr. Adams is not pleased.
“If flying a white flag atop the Brooklyn Bridge is someone’s idea of a joke, I’m not laughing,” Mr. Adams, a retired police captain, said in a statement. “We will not surrender our public safety to anyone, at any time. Political and social expression, whatever its message may be, has a place in our society, but not at the expense of others’ security. I am confident in the NYPD’s ability to investigate this matter.”
The flags, faded versions of Old Glory, were spotted fluttering in the wind this morning. Police blocked traffic to undertake the investigation after pedestrians, including Queens Councilman Mark Weprin, tweeted about the white flags.
“Why there white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge?” Mr. Weprin, then walking across the bridge, tweeted.