U2 cancels St. Louis show in wake of police shooting acquittal protests

Missouri National Guard troops

"We can not in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert", the statement read.

"I am committed to upholding the constitutional rights of all Missourians, including the fundamental rights of peaceful protesters to engage in free speech and peaceable assembly".

A spokesperson for the Messina Touring Group said the Scottrade Center gig was nixed after consulting with authorities in St. Louis.

Judge Wilson, in his 30-page ruling, said he was unconvinced by the suggestion that Stockley had planted the gun.

Stockley testified he fatally shot Smith in self-defense, claiming he saw Smith's silver revolver when he fled the scene.

"Not saying or doing anything makes you complicit in the brutalization of our friends and neighbors", said Susanna Prins, who carried a "White silence is violence" banner during the protests. The former police officer killed Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 and was charged with murder previous year.

Protesters prepare to throw back tear gas canisters during their march in the streets of St. Louis, hours after the announcement of a non-guilty verdict of a former white St. Louis policeman in the 2011 shooting of a black man, in St. Louis on September 15, 2017.

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A total of nine police officers had been reported injured as of 9 p.m., including one officer with a dislocated shoulder and an officer with a possible broken jaw, Acting Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said shortly after midnight Saturday, appearing with Krewson in a video.

"Many of the demonstrators were peaceful".

"The crowd became a mob". When he approached them, one man ran away, and Smith got in his auto and fled.

Police, some in riot gear, used tear gas and pepper spray late on Friday into early Saturday in an attempt disperse protesters. "I say I ain't got no justice, I could never be at peace", she said.

Krewson called the decisions to cancel the concerts "disappointing" but added "the issues being protested are real impediments to the success of our city". The former police officer, who served with the Army in Iraq, said his job as a St. Louis officer had become so unsafe, he began carrying unauthorized weapons with extra rounds.

Stockley was charged with first-degree murder in 2016, and opted for a bench trial rather than face a jury.

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