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In the wake of the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith, hundreds of protesters took to the downtown streets of the Missouri city on Friday night. As the demonstrations continued on Saturday, police continued to divert their forces to the area. As a result, U2 has canceled their planned concert on Saturday night.
“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,” the band said in a statement. “We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.”
“In light of this information, we cannot 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.”
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In a separate statement, frontman Bono added, “Deeply Keep Reading