Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Protesters break window in St. Louis mayor's house

Protesters break window in St. Louis mayor's house

Fans who purchased tickets to Saturday's U2 concert will receive refunds.

U2 and Live Nation released a statement via the U2 website Saturday morning stating that they were informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

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

The statement said the cancellation was "the only acceptable course of action in the current environment".

Trouble flared after a judge acquitted Jason Stockley of first-degree murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith.

New protests have broken out in the U.S. city of St Louis, where a white former policeman was found not guilty of murdering a black suspect in 2011.

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People were enraged and flooded the streets after the decision was announced Friday.

Almost three dozen protesters were arrested and 10 officers were injured during protests in St. Louis late Friday into the early hours of Saturday.

Protests over a USA circuit court judge's decision to acquit a white former police officer of murder in the shooting death of a black man caught on tape have spread in St Louis, Missouri. As of right now, a total of nine St. Louis officers were injured. Jason Stockley was acquitted of first degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith on December 11, 2011 following a high-speed chase. The gun found in Smith's vehicle later appeared to only have Stockley's DNA.

Barricades have been set up around two downtown courthouses and St. Louis city police headquarters in anticipation of St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson's verdict.

"Not saying or doing anything makes you complicit in the brutalization of our friends and neighbors", said Susanna Prins, who carried a "White silence is violence" banner during the protests.

Mr Stockley and his partner said they believed they had observed Mr Smith engaging in a drug deal outside a restaurant.

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