NEW YORK (NEWS 12 BROOKLYN/CNN) - Police want to know who replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with white flags.
Officers took down the flags Tuesday morning.
When looked at closely, a hint of stars and stripes can be seen on the flag, suggesting it may have been whitewashed or a faded version of old glory.
"What they found were two flags, one on each tower, that were approximately 20 feet by 11 feet, that actually appear to be American flags with stars and stripes that had been bleached white," NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller said.
A white flag is typically used as a symbol of surrender.
The Brooklyn Bridge is under video surveillance, and authorities are reviewing the footage to see when the flags were replaced.
Detectives say the standard level of security at the bridge failed last night and perhaps more security is needed.
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