Houston Police Chief Troy Finner reiterated his previous claims Wednesday that Travis Scott’s Astroworld security guard was drugged with a needle in the neck.
Finner said Saturday that medical staff treated the guard with anesthesia, a drug used to treat the effects of a drug overdose. He also said that early respondents noticed a needle mark on the anonymous guard’s neck.
A security guard worked at Scott’s concert at NRG Park, where at least eight people were killed and hundreds were injured in a massive crowd clash, preventing medics from providing assistance and visitors from escaping.
“As for the guard I was discussing on Saturday, if you remember, the members of the medical team, the medical tent, said that a male guard came in and said that someone had pricked his neck and we felt that it could be something- that’s introduced, ”said the chief of police at a press conference on Wednesday.
“We did find this guard – his story doesn’t fit. He says he was hit on the head, lost consciousness, woke up in the guard tent. He says that no one injected him with drugs, so we want to clarify this point. “
Finner said he had no evidence that the drugs were being injected – neither to the guards nor to the participants – when he announced it on Saturday, and that it was just allegations. It is unclear why he released the initial statement about the guard without first considering the startling statement.
“I’ve seen people die. Nothing could prepare me for what I witnessed last night, ”Madeleine Eskins, an intensive care nurse who attended Scott’s show, told The Daily Beast on Saturday. “I was going to tell my boyfriend to tell my son that I love him because I really thought I would never see him again. And before I could say anything, I fainted. “
Eskins told Radar Online that this is an unlikely and contrived theory that the injuries or crowd caused by the concert were caused by a man who accidentally injected people with a syringe.
“This is a lie,” she said. “They’re trying to cover their asses. Nobody who was really there said this shit. Nobody saw this shit. “
Finner said the Houston police will continue to investigate the chaos at Scott’s concert, despite the fact that about 530 police officers worked as security guards for the event. There have been calls for an independent investigation – including from county commissioners and Judge Lina Hidalgo – due to Houston and Harris County officials helping to organize the event with Live Nation and Scott.
“I’m really confident in who we are at HPD. I think we can conduct our own investigation, ”said the chief. “We examine ourselves all the time. What if we find out that HPD is not actually the target?
“This ‘independent investigation’ is the new buzzword. Independent investigation for what, where are we now? We’re nowhere now. “
Finner said the police were “not holding back” on the authorities to end the show, pointing out that the production and the artist were responsible for doing so. But when asked who was specifically in charge of security at the concert, the chief named a senior Houston police officer on the spot.
Security experts, more than any drug and needle stick allegations, have pointed to crowd management and the role of security in both preventing and dealing with potentially violent incidents like Friday night. Crowd management requires that security personnel and event organizers have an understanding of the design and operation of the facility, as well as the characteristics of the crowd present at the event.
Neither Houston police nor Live Nation responded to HuffPost questions about how many security personnel were near the stage, how many medics were present, whether any security personnel were specially trained in crowd control, and what the configuration of the barricades looks like.