Houston Police Chief Troy Finner has released a statement, confirming that he spoke to Travis Scott and his team prior to the Astroworld festival regarding the serious safety concerns he had that he said he’s never seen in 31 years in law enforcement. As previously reported, eight people were killed, with hundreds injured during a stampede at the concert.
Chief Finner said in a statement, “I met with Travis Scott and his head of security for a few moments last Friday prior to the main event. I expressed my concerns regarding public safety and that in my 31 years of law enforcement experience I have never seen a time with more challenges facing citizens of all ages to include a global pandemic and social tension throughout the nation.”
He continued, “I asked Travis Scott and his team to work with HPD for all events over the weekend and to be mindful of his social media messaging on any unscheduled events. The meeting was brief and respectful, and a chance for me to address my public safety concerns as Chief of Police.”