Tuesday 19 November 2019

U2 cancel concert in US following protests over police officer's murder acquittal

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

U2 have cancelled a concert in the US due to protests over the acquittal of a former police officer who was charged with the murder of a black driver.

The gig was due to go ahead in St Louis tonight but the band has now released a statement saying it has been called off.

Irish rock band and entertainment company LiveNation said they had 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."

"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."

Protests in St Louis turned violent this week following a huge backlash over the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley, who was accused of killing Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

All U2 fans will be entitled to full refunds.

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