U2 Cancel Show In St Louis

Protesters confront police on the Highway 40 on ramp following the announcement of a not-guilty verdict in the first-degree murder trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley

"We can not in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert", the statement read.

With protests taxing local crowd security, the event was in competition for personnel to ensure the smooth handling of tens of thousands of concertgoers.

Ed Sheeran's concert in the U.S. has been cancelled after the acquittal of a white former police officer charged over the killing of a black man sparked protests.

U2 have cancelled a concert that was set to happen tonight in the city of St. Louis because of aggressive protests taking place.

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The group did not announce a date for the concert to be rescheduled or make any other statement on the protests themselves. "As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment", the band and Live Nation said in a statement.

Hundreds marched Friday after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer in the 2011 shooting death of a black suspect.

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Fans who purchased tickets to the concerts will be issued refunds.

Sheeran's representatives cited "safety of the fans" and said he would "look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed's schedule will allow in 2018".

Those who purchased tickets at the box office or elsewhere could recieve a refund starting Monday at 10 a.m.by going to the point of purchase. PeaceFest 2017 at Harris Stowe State University was postponed and rescheduled for October 28.

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has canceled its Saturday night performance of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - In Concert". It was a victim Friday night as well.

"We felt it was in everyone's best interest to cancel Sunday night's show", the statement read, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Bono-fronted band were due to perform at The Dome stadium in the city as part of their The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. The tour has two more US dates before heading to South America.

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