Giant Vladimir Putin Banner Briefly Adorns Manhattan Bridge
Authorities are still investigating who hung the 30-foot banner over the bridge.
An unknown party hung a towering banner with Russian President Vladimir Putin's image over the Manhattan Bridge sometime around 1:47 p.m. ET on Thursday.
The image was underscored with the word "Peacemaker." By 3:10 p.m., the banner had been removed by authorities.
"The banner was hung over the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge and was approximately 20 x 30 feet in size. It was taken down promptly and took officers around half an hour to remove," Det. Ahmed Nasser of the New York Police Department told The Hollywood Reporter. The investigation is ongoing.
As Gothamist reported, a possible connection with the event could be made with a pop-up shop, which opened in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan in 2014 that sold clothing marked with "Peacemaker Putin" messages.
The banner's appearance comes on the heels of Tuesday night's vice presidential debate in which Republican veep nominee Mike Pence tried to deflect criticism that his running mate, Donald Trump, has praised Putin as a leader.
Trump recently said of Putin, in a rally held on Wednesday in Henderson, Nev., "I don't love, I don't hate. We'll see how it goes."
Video of the banner being removed can be seen below.