The Houston Police Chief was so concerned about crowd control at the Astroworld festival that he traveled to Travis Scotttrailer to express his concern at the “energy in the crowd”.
The chief of police Troy finner said the “energy” for the festival had been building up for months … this according to the NY Times. The chief attributed the energy to the pandemic, to the fact that tickets cost hundreds of dollars, and the event itself had a history of crowds that were difficult to control.
The chef knew Travis personally and admired him for all the good work he did in Houston.
Having said that, it’s clear the chef was concerned about the swollen and anxious crowd.
Perhaps the leader went to the trailer because some people who wanted to come in before the concert started breaking down barricades.
Sources connected to Travis tell TMZ… the chef never told Travis to take the show off. Additionally, sources say Travis was never told to stop the show until 10:10 p.m. – more than an hour after the show started – via his in-ear device. The sources go on to say that the fire marshal was also a mom.
Although Travis says that because of the pyrotechnics, strobe lights and all, he couldn’t see the extent of the calamity.
And, there’s this… our sources say that at one point, the agents working on the show near the stage were filming the concert on their cell phones… in other words, not doing their job.
There was also this ominous sign before the concert … there were only 47 security personnel on site at the 2019 festival …
As we reported, 8 people died during the chaos and hundreds were injured.
Deaths from the event ranged from teenagers to young adults: one 14-year-old, one 16-year-old, two 21-year-olds, two 23-year-olds, one 27-year-old and a man whose age was unknown .
Travis Scott took to Instagram to share his sadness and condolences regarding the event and that he was working with Houston PD. He also pledged to refund festival tickets and canceled an upcoming show in Vegas.
In addition to crowd control, Chief Finner said a security guard working on the event felt a neck prick from an unknown assailant as he attempted to restrain a citizen – and he quickly fell unconscious.
Finner says the guard was revived by the use of NARCAN… and that medical staff did see something on his neck that indicated he had been stabbed with a syringe.