Berlin artists claim responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap stunt

Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, via New York Times.

Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, via New York Times.

If reports are to be believed, the NYPD's massive surveillance dragnet, Twitter subpoenas, and DNA manhunt aren't what outed the identity of the Brooklyn Bridge flag pranksters.

It's this NYT article about two German artists who say they "are the ones who pulled off the stunt of the summer, hoisting two big all-white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge last month, swapping them for the usual red, white and blue."

Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf submitted a video to the Times as proof. Watch it here.

“This was not an anti-American statement,” Mr. Wermke insisted. Mr. Leinkauf added: “From our Berlin background, we were a little surprised that it got the reaction it did. We really didn’t intend to embarrass the police.”

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  1. The NYPD should have been investigating their own failures instead of trying to figure out who perpetrated this victimless prank. What a waste of resources.

  2. What a day. Berlin artists shocked at how fascist American cops are.

  3. tropo says:

    Agreed. I'd like to see a shift in thinking where police forces stop pretending it is their job to prevent absolutely anything from happening, and focus on investigating actual crimes that have victims other than whoever in the organization got a bruised ego.

  4. No wonder nobody saw them -- they were probably dressed like ninja...

  5. Are you kidding? They have rigorously investigated their own failures and determined they were successes. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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