Houston’s police union has publicly expressed its opposition to rapper Travis Scott’s upcoming concert in the city, his first since the tragic Astroworld incident in 2021. Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed the concert as part of Scott’s Utopia Presents Circus Maximus Tour, scheduled for October 19 at the Toyota Center.
The police union’s president, Douglas Griffith, criticized the decision to hold another concert so soon after the Astroworld tragedy, where a mass casualty incident occurred during Scott’s festival, resulting in deaths and injuries due to compression asphyxia.
The Houston Police Officers’ Union released a statement, urging elected officials to prevent the concert from taking place, emphasizing that the wounds from the previous incident are still fresh.
Despite a Texas grand jury’s decision not to indict Travis Scott on criminal charges related to the tragedy, civil cases have been filed, with some already privately settled.
Mayor Turner acknowledged the concerns and noted that the upcoming concert will take place at a different venue, the Toyota Center, and assured that public safety officials and the city’s special events office are working together to ensure safety at the event.
The Toyota Center, with a seating capacity of 19,000, has a history of hosting concerts and events..