U2 cancel St Louis gig after peaceful protests turn violent

Kelvin Reese
September 18, 2017

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.

U2 were meant to perform at the St Louis' Dome at America's Center, but the local law enforcement has been under the cosh trying to deal with an outbreak of protests in the wake of ex- police officer Jason Stockley being controversially acquitted of murdering a black man.

Owing to a lack of adequate police protection at their performance venue following the city's protests of the Jason Stockley acquittal verdict, the band has chose to cancel this evening's concert.

The 26-year-old Thinking Out Loud singer was due to play a sold out concert in the city's Scottrade Centre, but as the protests in the city turned violent, show planners cancelled the gig. The demonstrators retreated down a street, vandalizing businesses.

After Stockley was acquitted on Friday, sporadic violence resulted in almost three-dozen people arrested and 11 police officers injured, including a broken jaw and dislocated shoulder, police said.

The officers later helped her up and took her away. Police said that 10 businesses were damaged.

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According to reports, more than 1,000 enraged protestors gathered outside St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's home. She said it was "irritating" to have her house vandalized.

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) U2 frontman Bono is deeply saddened over the cancellation of the band's show in St. Louis after failing to get enough police to monitor the event.

Protesters said Sunday that the six-minute silence symbolizes the six years between the death of Anthony Lamar Smith and the acquittal of the white former police officer who was charged in the black suspect's shooting death. Prosecutors said the officer planted a gun in Smith's auto after the shooting.

He was caught on an in-car camera video telling his partner, officer Brian Bianchi: "Going to kill this (expletive) don't you know it". Less than a minute later, he shot Smith five times.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says protesters arrested for breaking shop windows in the St. Louis suburb of University City overnight and are in jail and will face felony charges.

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