U2, Sheeran can­cel St Louis con­certs

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PRO­TEST­ERS marched through an up­mar­ket St Louis shop­ping mall and Ir­ish rock group U2 and Bri­tish singer Ed Sheeran can­celled con­certs af­ter po­lice clashed with a crowd out­raged by the ac­quit­tal of a white for­mer po­lice­man ac­cused of mur­der­ing a black man.

In a sec­ond day of protests over the judge’s rul­ing in the 2011 shoot­ing, hun­dreds of peo­ple chanted “Shut it down” and waved fists in the air as they snaked through the West County Cen­tre.

Po­lice of­fi­cers were out in force but there were no skir­mishes, un­like the pre­vi­ous night when 10 of­fi­cers were in­jured, and at least 23 peo­ple were taken into cus­tody dur­ing the clashes.

On Fri­day, Judge Ti­mothy Wil­son ac­quit­ted Ja­son Stock­ley, 36, of first-de­gree mur­der in the shoot­ing death of An­thony La­mar Smith, 24.

The killing of the un­armed black teenager by the white po­lice of­fi­cer touched off a na­tion­wide soul-search­ing over law en­force­ment’s use of force against AfricanAmer­i­cans, the men­tally ill and other groups.

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