Houston Police Union Raises Concerns About Travis Scott Concert After Astroworld Tragedy

The Houston Police Union has publicly voiced its disapproval of rapper Travis Scott’s upcoming concert in the city. This would be Scott’s first performance since the tragic incident at the Astroworld festival in 2021. Scheduled to take place on October 19 at the Toyota Center as part of Scott’s Utopia Presents Circus Maximus Tour, the concert has faced opposition from the police union’s president, Douglas Griffith.

Griffith criticized the decision to hold another concert so soon after the Astroworld tragedy, where a large number of people were killed or injured due to compression asphyxia. In a statement released by the Houston Police Officers’ Union, elected officials were urged to intervene and prevent the event from taking place, highlighting that the wounds are still fresh from the previous incident. While a Texas grand jury decided not to pursue criminal charges against Travis Scott, civil cases have been filed and some have already been resolved privately.

Acknowledging these concerns, Mayor Sylvester Turner assured the public that the upcoming concert will be held at a different venue, the Toyota Center. He also stated that public safety officials and the city’s special events office are working collaboratively to ensure the safety of attendees. The Toyota Center, known for hosting various concerts and events in the past, has a seating capacity of 19,000.

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