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Brooklyn Bridge update

Reported today:

Video footage of the security breach shows the unidentified people walking on the bridge’s footpath at about 3:10 a.m., and 20 minutes later the light on the bridge’s Brooklyn tower flickers and goes dark, Miller said. The same thing happens about 12 minutes later on the Manhattan tower, he said.

Locked gates midway up the main cables leading to the tops of the towers didn’t appear to have been tampered with, suggesting the climbers scaled them to reach the top, Miller said.

So now we know that multiple people pulled this prank.

What crimes were actually committed? Since they had to scale a locked gate, I guess that’s trespass (a class B misdemeanor in NY State). And they stole the flags. Although if they merely believed they were borrowing the flags with no intent to keep them, then it’s technically not theft. And if they didn’t damage any property, then it’s not vandalism (called criminal mischief in the NY penal code).

My legal advice to the pranksters is to immediately return the stolen flags to the City (anonymously, of course) to demonstrate that there was no intent to keep the flags. And also to demonstrate that the flags were not damaged. That way, they only crime they committed was the trespass misdemeanor.

I suppose that a huge amount of police resources are going to be wasted on tracking down the perpetrators of a very minor crime.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Posted in Crime

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  1. Yes, this should be an inside job done by prolish city dot employees.


    July 23, 2014 at 7:41 AM

  2. A highly visible display of defiance like this is more damaging in how it can influence others than the act itself, especially if the perpetrators get away with it. In as much as the police are there to enforce the social order, I would expect them to look harshly upon crimes like these. Smarter than average, motivated, disenfranchised are a large group of potential dissidents.


    July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    • Do you think bridge maintenance workers have above average IQs?


      July 23, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      • Not necessarily, but those inspired by this stunt could.


        July 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM

  3. Performance art at its finest.


    July 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

  4. It’s impossible to waste NYPD resources because there already are thousands of cops with nothing to do. The department could be downsized 50% with no risk of higher crime.



    July 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

  5. “Although if they merely believed they were borrowing the flags with no intent to keep them, then it’s technically not theft.”

    If they had no permission to “borrow” the flags, then it’s theft whether they intended to return it or not. Can I “borrow” a sport coat from J. Crew for a date and then return it to the store without being charged with theft?

    Here’s NY’s statute on larceny:
    S 155.05 Larceny; defined.
    1. A person steals property and commits larceny when, with intent to deprive another of property or to appropriate the same to himself or to a third person, he wrongfully takes, obtains or withholds such property
    from an owner thereof.

    Once you take it with intent to deprive (they didn’t leave the flag there did they?) it’s a completed theft.


    July 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

  6. Perhaps it was Banksy. Too bad the replacement flags didn’t feature the cute rat.

    slithy toves

    July 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM

  7. Here is a lovely google map site of NYC’s ubiquitous turd colored-public housing complexes by the Brooklyn Bridge.,-74.001081,3a,75y,116.77h,94.65t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sfn3u0-2jES4ID2ni0faRqA!2e0

    You gotta envy those welfare inducing NAMs who get to have a lovely view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River by the South Street Seaport.


    July 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

  8. “borrowing the flags with no intent to keep them, then it’s technically not theft.”

    I’ll have to remember that one.


    July 23, 2014 at 6:11 PM

  9. So the perpetrators are not bridge workers?

    I find it laughable that they’re investigating a group of late teens/young adults as suspects. That’s right, a maybe a group of young hipsters were defying death as they walk over the bridge cables in the middle of the night to install the wrong flags.


    July 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM

  10. Are we sure those aren’t the same flags?

    Pull flag down, dip in bucket of bleach, send flag back up?


    July 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

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