U2 cancel US concert amid protests over police officer's murder charge acquittal

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

The popular Irish band U2 was scheduled to preform in St. Louis tonight, but St. Louis Police informed the band they would be unable to provide adequate protection.

Independent Journal Review will keep you updated as events unfold in St. Louis.

Saturday afternoon, Ed Sheeran's concert at Scottrade Center was also canceled.

Activists were to meet today to plan further demonstrations.

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Law enforcement officers stand guard during a protest action following a not guilty verdict on September 15, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The earlier incidents in Missouri were followed by police shootings and protests in a number of American cities, among them Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says almost 1,000 protesters marched on the mayor's home, throwing rocks and breaking windows. In a court document, the investigators on the case said the former police officer and his partner had been chasing Smith at speeds up to 80 miles per hour when Stockley said he was going to "kill this motherf-er, don't you know it" and told his partner to drive into Smith's slowing vehicle.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson said in his ruling that Stockley "ordered Smith to open the door and to show his hands" before firing, and that there was no evidence that Stockley planted the gun. The report said Stockley feared for his life and the safety of others.

Later in the day, approximately 1,000 individuals gathered around Krewson's home to express their disappointment in the court's acquittal of Stockley, who was caught on tape during the pursuit saying that he was "going to kill this motherfucker".

Damone Smith, a 52-year-old electrician, told the newspaper, "I think the verdict is disgusting".

Violence that marred the mostly peaceful protests on Friday resulted in 11 police officers being injured and 33 people being arrested, officials said tonight.

Citizens attacked St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's home on Friday, throwing rocks and smashing windows.

People throughout St. Louis started protesting after Stockley was acquitted on Friday.

"Many of the demonstrators were peaceful", O'Toole said.

"The crowd became a mob". Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with protesters.

That November, the decision not to indict the police officer sparked another week of protests, and the anniversary of the shooting in 2015 was the occasion of a third protest. "I say I ain't got no justice, I could never be at peace", she said. Stockley resigned from the department in 2013, the same year that the Board of Police Commissioners settled a wrongful death suit with Smith's family for $900,000.

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