Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

U2 cancels concert due to lack of police protection

Anthony Lamar Smith Jason Stockley Anthony Lamar Smith
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 15:12

"We don't want to see property destruction or see people getting hurt", Elad Gross, 29, a St Louis civil rights attorney said on Saturday as protesters gathered in a park before going to the mall.

Later in the evening, a group of about 300 protesters moved from the courthouse to the city's popular restaurant neighbourhood, the Central West End.

"We have been informed by police of St Louis that she was not able to provide standard protection for our audience as this should be case for an event of this magnitude", said U2 in a joint press release with organizer of concert, Live Nation.

After the verdict, the protesters chanted no justice, no peace and shut it down, while some held Black Lives Matter signs. Which had sparked a protest movement across country against killings of black suspects by white police officers.

Stockley, who is white, was charged with first-degree murder and was accused of planting a gun in Smith's auto.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer Jason Stockley was charged with murder by prosecutors.

The protests had heated up Friday night with hundreds taking to the streets, prompting the National Guard to be on standby, and shutting down several businesses, schools and banks early.

In a statement, Greitens said, "We know this verdict causes pain for many people".

Hawley said anyone who uses protests to commit crime needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The former police officer said that he attempted to arrest Smith on suspicion of participating in a possible drug deal when Smith fled the scene. Stockley's DNA was found on the gun, according to court documents, and Smith's was not. The officer fired five times into Smith's vehicle. Dashcam footage showed Stockley and his patrol partner pursuing Smith before the officer shot him five times.

During the trial, which began with opening statements on August 1, the prosecution argued that Stockley meant to kill, fired a "kill shot" and planted a gun following the fatal shooting.

Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. of rock band U2 will not be bringing their The Joshua Tree World Tour to St. Louis this weekend amid security concerns.