Some members of the public leaving a Drake concert at a Manhattan theater came out to see a New York Police Department officer filming those marching, raising concerns from privacy advocates about what would be done images.
The NYPD said Monday the video would only be used for social media posting, but there were still calls for the material to be removed.
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, setting up video showing an officer apparently taping those leaving.
In a statement, the department said the officer was part of the local precinct’s social media team and was receiving video for a social media post about local events.
“The video will not be used for any other reason,” the department said.
But the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, a New York-based group that focuses on privacy and civil rights, called the video recording “deeply concerning” and that participants were being monitored without their consent. He demanded that the video be destroyed.