Angry Drake fans are calling out the NYPD for what felt like electronic surveillance at its sold-out Apollo Theater show — and after a clip of cops tapping ticket holders went viral, police say it’s not what it seems.
NYPD law enforcement sources tell TMZ hip-hop the video shows officers outside the Apollo recording concertgoers as they exited the theater. We were told that a video was shot for a social media post showing how police are working with venue security to keep concerts safe for fans.
To angry fans, it felt like blatant profiling and surveillance designed to capture and store footage of Drake’s fans — but the NYPD scoffs at that notion. Our sources say the community affairs officers seen on the video cameras are not affiliated with the detective agency and are not investigating serious crimes.
There are also dozens of city surveillance cameras around the Apollo… and all over the city for that matter. The reality of life in the 21st century is that we are all captured throughout the day without ever knowing it.
Drake was uptown for 2 nights, and a brief but tense moment occurred in the venue during the second show when a fan fell over the mezzanine balcony … on the crowd below.
The show was briefly interrupted for about 15 minutes when a spokesperson announced that the fan was not badly hurt and the show would go on.
Hometown heroes Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Julz Santana of Dipset were released and a tour with his “Her Loss” costar 21 wild was teased.
Apart from the balcony diver, everyone left the site safely – which was always their goal, according to police.