U2, Ed Sheeran Cancel St. Louis Concerts After Protests Over Police Acquittal

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Updated at 9:40 p.m. ET Like U2, Ed Sheeran has also canceled his concert in St. Louis because of safety concerns. The cancellations follow protests in the city prompted by the acquittal of a former police officer, who had been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black man. As NPR reported 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. U2 offered the following statement , from the band and Live Nation: "We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection...

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