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U2 Cancel St. Louis Concert in Wake of Police Acquittal Protests

17 September 2017

They said the Sunday afternoon matinee is sold out, so there will be no exchanges.

The band and Live Nation said in a statement that police had said law enforcement was not in a position to provide the usual protection for the audience under the circumstances.

On U2's website it says they "cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert".

As a large group marched through the Delmar Loop in St. Louis protesting the Jason Stockley verdict, Mayor Lyda Krewson and Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole held a news conference updating the media on protest events.

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The marching and chanting was similar to demonstrations Friday night in the Central West End neighborhood in St. Louis and earlier Saturday at suburban malls. He said some nine police officers were injured.

Rioters for weeks promised civil disobedience, but as night fell words quickly turned into actions as the city of St. Louis once again was plagued by violence and mayhem. Stockley then gave chase with his auto, eventually ramming Smith's vehicle and shooting him after he allegedly reached for a gun. And a gun Stockley said he saw in Smith's vehicle was found to contain only Stockley's DNA, leading the prosecution to contend that he had planted it there to justify the shooting.

Prosecutors said Stockley planted a gun on Smith, as Stockley's DNA was found on the gun but Smith's was not.

"It feels like a burden is lifted, but the burden of having to kill someone never really lifts", Stockley said.

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Mr Stockley, a serving police officer at the time, was recorded during the pursuit saying: "Gonna kill this [expletive], don't you know it".

About 1,000 protesters were estimated to have surrounded Krewson's home, though it is unknown if she was home, and were later broken up by about 200 police officers responding to the scene. As others tried to come to the woman's aid, they too were pushed out of the way and onto the ground, then the police began pepper-spraying the crowd.

"Many of the demonstrators were peaceful". "The unruly crowd became a mob". When Smith tried to speed away, his vehicle knocked Stockley sideways, and the officer fired several shots at the suspect.

That November, the decision not to indict the police officer sparked another week of protests, and the anniversary of the shooting in 2015 was the occasion of a third protest.

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If the St. Louis, Missouri police force is trying to prove that they are not a group that's prone to unnecessary violence, they're doing a bad job.

U2 Cancel St. Louis Concert in Wake of Police Acquittal Protests