Top Astroworld security officials were not licensed in the state: report
Astroworld’s “head of risk management for security personnel” was allegedly not licensed as a private security guard in Texas. The unnamed individual, who was responsible for “all aspects of festival safety and security,” had control over directing all of the security operations for the music festival, according to ABC13.
The “security director” and the “interior and exterior security directors” were also not licensed as private security officers in the state of Texas, the outlet reported.
All four individuals, who worked for a security company not licensed in Texas, were also not licensed as peace officers, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement told ABC13.
A fifth person, who worked for Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), listed as “security personnel” was licensed. CSC is also licensed with the state of Texas.
All five individuals were listed as security personnel in a 56-page planning document obtained by the local outlet.
Astroworld victims’ attorney slams Live Nation, says organizers will have to testify under oath
The attorneys representing over 100 Astroworld concertgoers said they are zeroing in on Live Nation and “all” organizers of the event, which resulted in nine dead and injured dozens more.
Attorney Alex Hilliard claimed at Friday’s press conference that the promotion company was focused more on profit than safety.
“It’s not rocket science for Live Nation. They’re the biggest billion-dollar promoter, organizer and advertiser of these festivals around the world and they acknowledge that there was a danger and a risk that people were going to get hurt in the plans for this festival. When that happens, the first step is to put an age limit on who can attend. You need extra security and personnel on-site. Then to allow every single age to come in the doors, to do what? To make money. That’s why they did it,” Hilliard said.
Hilliard added that it will take months to comb through evidence as the criminal investigation also takes place. The attorney said he and Crump “are not going to leave one stone unturned.”
“We will be taking depositions of the highest ranking executive officers that had the power to shut this concert down and didn’t. They’re going to have to testify under oath as to what their unimaginable reason was for not shutting it down when they knew that people were already dying. It had been declared a mass casualty event.”
Attorney Ben Crump added that the festival was a “disaster.” “Once and for all, everybody and anybody who had any responsibility for this festival should be held accountable,” Crump concluded.
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