U2 can­cels over se­cu­rity con­cerns

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD - Wash­ing­ton

THE Ir­ish rock band U2 can­celled its Saturday night con­cert in St Louis af­ter po­lice told con­cert or­gan­is­ers that they could not pro­vide a typ­i­cal level of se­cu­rity be­cause of protests.

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

Po­lice say nine city po­lice of­fi­cers and one State High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cer were in­jured in Fri­day’s protests.

There were 23 ar­rests be­fore 6pm lo­cal time and an un­known num­ber of ad­di­tional ar­rests af­ter that.

The band says on its web­site that it can’t in good con­science risk its fans’ safety. The site out­lines plans for re­funds.

Hun­dreds marched for hours in mostly peace­ful demon­stra­tions on Fri­day, un­til a bro­ken win­dow at the mayor’s home and es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions led riot gear-clad of­fi­cers to lob tear gas to dis­perse the crowds.

Ac­tivists had for weeks threat­ened civil dis­obe­di­ence if Ja­son Stock­ley was not con- victed over the 2011 death of 24-year-old An­thony La­mar Smith.

That stirred fears of civil un­rest and the erect­ing of bar­ri­cades around po­lice head­quar­ters, the court­house where the trial was held and other po­ten­tial protest sites.

More than 20 ar­rests were made by early on that Fri­day evening.

Po­lice re­ported that 10 of­fi­cers had suf­fered in­juries by the end of the night.

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