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U2, Ed Sheeran Cancel St. Louis Shows Amid Violent Protests

18 September 2017

Rock giants U2 and pop star Ed Sheeran have called off concerts in St Louis, as the U.S. city braced itself on Sunday (Sept 17) for a second day of protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the shooting death of a black man. New rallies are expected to take place in the city Saturday and Sunday, explaining the decision of the police. The promoter was also informed that the local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

The St Louis shows were scheduled for two different concert venues.

Ed Sheeran has canceled his Sunday night concert in St. Louis' Scottrade Center due to safety concerns.

"The police of St. Louis informed us that she had not the means of providing a natural protection for our audience, as an event of this size would have required", write the band and Live Nation, the organizer of the tour, in a press release.

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It was also decided that a concert by U2 planned for Saturday at The Dome at America's Center would also be cancelled.

On Saturday, U2 said of the decision to cancel their Saturday night show, "We can not in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert".

"As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment", U2 said.

As NPR reported Friday, Jason Stockley, who is white, was found not guilty in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith.

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Stockley had said he saw Smith, 24, holding a gun before the officer opened fire.

So far, eight police officers were seriously injured when a peaceful protest turned ugly. Prosecutors said the officer planted a gun in Smith's vehicle after the shooting.

Smith's death is just one of several high-profile US cases in recent years in which a white officer killed a black suspect, including the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson that sparked months of angry and sometimes violent protests.

The police made use of tear gas when protests took a violent turn in front of the forces of the order, at the end of the day.

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U2, Ed Sheeran Cancel St. Louis Shows Amid Violent Protests