The Edge, (L) Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. of rock band U2 perform on stage during their ‘The Joshua Tree World Tour’ opener at BC Place on May 12, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Andrew Chin/Getty Images hide caption
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U2 has cancelled its Sept. 16 concert in St. Louis, Mo. due to security concerns, according to a statement shared by the band and Live Nation. The cancellation follows protests in the city prompted by the acquittal of a former police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black man.
As NPR reported, on Friday, Jason Stockley, who is white, was found not guilty in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith. The verdict resulted in protests throughout St. Louis. According to ABC News, 32 people were arrested in the protests and 10 officers were injured.
Live Nation and U2 offered the following statement:
“We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size.