U2 cancels St. Louis concert after protests in police shooting case

St. Louis Braces for Unrest Over Ex-Cop's Murder Verdict

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The band doesn't want to risk anyone's public safety by having the concert, and so things are off, at least for tonight.

"I'm committed to protecting everyone's constitutional right to protest peacefully, while also protecting people's lives, homes, and communities", Greitens said in a statement.

All hell broke loose in St. Louis.

St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson issued a statement Friday saying, "I am appalled at what happened to Anthony Lamar Smith". Prosecutors contended that Stockley had planned to kill Smith during a auto chase of Smith and then planted a gun in Smith's vehicle after the fatal encounter.

Police in bulletproof vests and helmets closed in and demanded protesters get off the lawn and out of the street in front of the house. Stokely had been charged with first-degree murder in relation to the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

Hawley also wrote that the verdict and the events following the verdict may increase the St. Louis circuit's caseload, but his office is prepared to help lighten the load. The protests are reported to have been mostly peaceful though pockets of disturbance saw 11 police officers injured and more than 30 protestors arrested.

Protesters march through West County Mall in response to a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Des Peres, Missouri.

O'Toole said the character of the demonstrations changed after darkness fell Friday, and the "agitators" outnumbered the peaceful demonstrators. As others tried to come to the woman's aid, they too were pushed out of the way and onto the ground, then the police began pepper-spraying the crowd. "The unruly crowd became a mob". Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with protesters.

"Justice wasn't served. I can never be at peace", she told Fox2Now.

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.

A rally in Richmond, Virginia, which some anxious could turn violent, ended early on Saturday after pro-Confederate demonstrators were dwarfed by a crowd of counterprotesters.

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