Safety is­sues foil con­certs

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

BOTH Ed Sheeran and U2 can­celled con­certs in St Louis at the week­end be­cause po­lice said they could not guar­an­tee se­cu­rity as the city faced on­go­ing protests over the ac­quit­tal of a white former St Louis po­lice of­fi­cer in the 2011 shoot­ing death of a black sus­pect.

Protests turned vi­o­lent again yes­ter­day, as a small group of demon­stra­tors re­fused to dis­perse, break­ing win­dows and throw­ing ob­jects at po­lice in riot gear, who moved in and made ar­rests.

In clashes the pre­vi­ous night, nine city of­fi­cers and a state trooper were in­jured, and 23 peo­ple taken into cus­tody.

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