The police chief investigating the Astroworld tragedy has pointed the finger at Travis Scott for not stopping his performance when it was clear there was an emergency situation. He also addressed earlier claims that a security guard was pricked in the neck with a needle.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner gave an update on the investigation, during which he said the show should have been paused while the crowd surge was dealt with.
Finner told the media:
“Absolutely. Everybody at that event has a responsibility, starting from the artist… down.”
“At one point, there was an ambulance that was trying to make its way through the crowd. And he’s got, the artist has, command of that crowd.
“The artist, if he notices something that’s going on, he can certainly pause that performance, turn on the lights and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to continue until this thing is resolved.'”
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Finner also confirmed that initial suspicions that a security guard was pricked in the neck with a needle are not true, and that after speaking to the guard, it appears he was just struck on the head.
HPD Chief Troy Finner retracts previous statement that a security guard was injected with drugs the night of the Astroworld Festival. Finner says the security guard’s story is inconsistent with that statement. pic.twitter.com/OJjmxV4q61
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The police chief was also asked whether he can investigate the case ‘fairly’ after admitting to meeting with Scott twice before the concert.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner clarified reports that he has a ‘relationship’ with Travis Scott as some call for an independent investigation into Astroworld Festival pic.twitter.com/ltmYGx7k78
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