U2, Sheeran cancel St Louis concerts
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 African Americans, the mentally ill and other groups.