A security camera in a restaurant might have been an innocent bystander in the middle of a dispute, but it’s now a real security risk.
Last month, a security guard was arrested after a security cam at a popular eatery in the Chicago suburb of Wicker Park caught the guard making a racist comment toward a Latino patron.
Now, the security camera company that provided the footage says it will not pay damages to the woman.
The company’s president, James L. Schafer, issued a statement to ABC News: The company did not believe the incident warranted a lawsuit, and it will take all appropriate actions to address this matter, including hiring a lawyer and removing the offending video from the company’s servers.
But the man who recorded the incident, Daniel Schafer-Lacroix, told The New York Times that the company is taking action to take responsibility.
“If you’ve got somebody saying a racial slur, it’s just too easy to pull it off,” he said.
“We have a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the restaurant and to have a positive and productive experience.”
He added: It’s the people who are making those comments that are the ones who need to be held accountable.
This is not the first time security cameras have sparked controversies, either.
Last year, a video surfaced showing a security officer in Florida threatening to shoot someone at a McDonald’s restaurant.
The incident was caught on video, and the restaurant apologized for the officer’s behavior.
This year, security camera footage emerged in Florida showing an unidentified security officer threatening a Black man.
The man who shot the video was fired from the department.