Ed Sheeran, U2 cancel St. Louis shows
ST. LOUIS, Missouri — A second major act cancelled a concert in downtown St. Louis in the wake of protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer charged in the killing of an unarmed black man.
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s sold-out show tonight at the Scottrade Center was cancelled for the same reason cited earlier Saturday by U2 when the band cancelled a Saturday night performance: Police said they could not guarantee the typical level of security as the city faces ongoing protests.
Hundreds protested Friday and Saturday in downtown St. Louis and in well-to-do suburbs. More protests were expected Saturday night.
U2 said on its website that it couldn’t risk the safety of fans. The site outlined plans for refunds.
The protests come after a judge found former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, not guilty of first-degree murder in the December 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.
Smith, 24, fled from Stockley in a brief high-speed chase. Once it ended, Stockley fired into Smith’s car and killed him. Stockley said he believed Smith was armed. A gun was discovered in Smith’s car, but prosecutors argued that the officers had put it there.