Some audience members leaving a concert by Drake at a Manhattan theater came outside to see an NYPD officer filming those filing out, raising concerns from privacy advocates over what would be done with the footage.
The NYPD said Monday the video would only be used for a social media post, but there were still calls for the material to be deleted.
Music writer Jon Caramanica of The New York Times posted on Twitter on Saturday night that the NYPD was filming those leaving the show at the Apollo Theater, putting up a video showing an officer seemingly recording those coming out.
In a statement, the department said the officer was part of the social media team for the local precinct and was getting video for a social media post about local events.
“The video will not be utilized for any other reason,” the department said.
But the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, a New York City-based group that focuses on privacy and civil rights, called the videotaping “highly concerning” and that attendees were being surveilled without their consent. It demanded the video be destroyed.
Mayor Eric Adams on Monday dismissed concerns over the filming. He said people will find reasons to complain no matter what.
“If you go to everyday New Yorkers and you ask the question, NYPD was there, no incidents, real great environment, they would say two thumbs up. But when you have those that are sitting at home in the corner of their room trying to find a reason to divide NYPD from everyday New Yorkers, then they’re going to say that,” he said.
PIX11 contributed to this report.