U2 cancel concerts in protest-hit St Louis

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Ed Sheeran's concert in the United States has been cancelled after the acquittal of a white former police officer charged over the killing of a black man sparked protests.

Protests in St. Louis have so far resulted in 11 police officer injuries and at least 32 arrests.

The Irish rock band published a statement Saturday morning saying venue security and officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department would be unable to provide the normal security expected for the show.

U2 have cancelled a concert that was set to happen tonight in the city of St. Louis because of aggressive protests taking place.

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

They have been held after the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley, 36, who was cleared of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, after a vehicle chase in 2011.

U2's website said the band had to pull out of its Saturday night show at The Dome at America's Center because "it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment".

The musicians scrapped their planned performances because of demonstrations over the acquittal of a white former police officer who shot dead a black man.

U2, seen performing during their "Joshua Tree Tour 2017" in East Rutherford, N.J., canceled a St. Louis, Mo., concert after a Friday protest left nine cops in the city injured.

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"Live Nation and U2 regrettably announce their St. Louis show scheduled for tonight, September 16, 2017 has been canceled". We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

Fans who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will receive an automatic refund to the credit card that was used for the purchase.

Also rescheduled were comedian Mike Birbiglia's two shows Saturday night at the Pageant - moved t December 10, and Will Hoge's show at Delmar Hall until December 5. "Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available starting Monday at 10am at point of purchase".

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