Ted Cruz calls for ‘serious’ investigation into Astroworld

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Ted Cruz calls for 'serious' investigation into Astroworld

Sen. Ted Cruz has called for a “very serious” investigation into the deadly crowd crush at the Astroworld Festival in Houston Friday night.

“It’s horrific what happened at that concert,” Cruz (R-Texas) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night. “You know, I grew up in Houston, I grew up going to concerts … So I’ve been, when I was a teenager, I was in crowds at concerts there. Thankfully, we did not have the sort of chaos and tragedy that unfolded the other night in Houston.”

“The city is mourning that tragedy,” Cruz added, “and there needs to be a very serious, a very credible, a very objective investigation into what went wrong, all of the steps that could have been taken to prevent this tragedy as it was unfolding.”

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“There needs to be a very serious, a very credible, a very objective investigation into what went wrong,” Sen. Ted Cruz said.
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Candles are seen outside of the canceled Astroworld festival at NRG Park on November 7, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
Candles were left outside the canceled Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Nov. 7, 2021, in Houston.
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At least eight people were killed and some 300 were injured amid the chaos, which took place while rapper Travis Scott was performing.

Thousands of attendees found themselves trapped in the crowd and unable to breathe under the weight of others as people pushed toward the stage.

“I’ve been reading the stories of concertgoers who were there, who were trapped, who were paralyzed, who couldn’t breathe and the crowd kept pressing and pressing,” said Cruz. “Apparently, they didn’t have the crowd control mechanisms in place. They didn’t have the ability to stop the concert.”

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner admitted in a statement on Twitter Monday that he met with Scott before the concert kicked off to express concerns regarding safety. He described the meeting as “brief and respectful.”

On Tuesday morning, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena told NBC’s “Today” show that Scott should “absolutely” have stopped his performance after it became clear that something was wrong.

“The artist has command of that crowd … if he notices something 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,’” Pena said.

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Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said he met with Travis Scott before the concert began to express safety concerns.
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“It was indefensible that they didn’t stop and they didn’t intervene and rescue lives,” Cruz said Monday. “We need to investigate it and make sure it never happens again.”

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