When several concertgoers exited a Manhattan venue after Drake’s performance, they noticed an NYPD officer filming them.
This raised concerns from privacy advocates about what would be done with the material.
There were still requests for the video to be removed even after the NYPD announced on Monday that it would only be used for social media posts.
The New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica claimed on Twitter on Saturday night that the NYPD was photographing people leaving the Apollo Theater performance.
He provided a video that appeared to show an officer filming people leaving.
The cop was obtaining video for a social media post about neighborhood events, the agency claimed in a statement.
The officer was a member of the local precinct’s social media team.
The department stated that “the footage would not be used for any other purpose.”
The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, a privacy and civil rights organization based in New York City, deemed the videotaping “very alarming” and claimed that guests were being watched without permission.
The destruction of the video was demanded.