7:42 p.m. PT – Travis’ legal representative, Ed McPherson, points out the inconsistencies of the HPD and the city, telling TMZ: “There were several points of the finger, much of it by city officials, who sent inconsistent messages and went back to the original statements . “
He continues, “Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was quoted in The New York Times as saying, ‘You can’t just shut down when you have 50,000 and over 50,000 individuals. . “Yet soon after, Chef Finner declares that the onus of stopping the show lies with Travis.”
McPherson said: “It was reported that the plan of operations designated that only the festival director and executive producers had the authority to shut down the show, neither of whom were on Travis’ team. Also flies in the face of HPD’s previous actions when it shut down power and sound at this festival even when the performance lasted more than 5 minutes in 2019. “
He concludes: “Investigations should start with fingering so that together we can identify exactly what happened and how we can prevent such a situation from happening again. “
Members of the Houston Police Department calmly pulled out their cell phones and recorded Travis Scott‘s at the Astroworld festival … almost half an hour after it was declared a mass event.
These are important footage because it seems the cops weren’t aware of the dire situation behind them, and if they didn’t … how would Travis do it?
The fire chief called the calamity a “mass event” at 9:38 pm. Now take a look at the photo (above) of the cops filming a video on a cell phone – the timestamp shows it was taken at 9:57 p.m. … 19 minutes later.
As for the video – obtained by TMZ – it was shot at 22:02, 25 minutes after the declaration of the large number of victims. Once again, the cops walk past the scene, completely oblivious to the carnage behind them.
It’s hard to imagine the officers knowing what was going on in the crowd. It looks like they’re in the dark, perhaps because of the noise and general commotion associated with Travis Scott concerts. This seems to support Travis’ claim, he too had no idea that this was a mass casualty event.
As we reported, there were people in the crowd begging for someone to stop the show… some even bluntly told the camera operators that there were dead people in the crowd. This message seemed to have escaped the officers at the front, and possibly Travis as well.
At one point, Travis saw a fan in distress and stopped performing to help him. However, in another instance, he spotted an ambulance sneaking through fans, flagged it down, and then resumed the show.