U2, Sheeran can­cels shows

New York Post - - NEWS -

U2 and Ed Sheeran can­celed their Satur­day shows in St. Louis af­ter lo­cal cops said they couldn’t pro­vide the usual level of se­cu­rity in the wake of protests.

The St. Louis Po­lice Depart­ment said “they are not in a po­si­tion to pro­vide the stan­dard pro­tec­tion for our au­di­ence as would be ex­pected for an event of this size,” the band said.

The Ir­ish rock­ers and the English singer-song­writer were set to play the 70,000-seat Dome at Amer­ica’s Cen­ter Satur­day.

“We can­not in good con­science risk our fans’ safety by pro­ceed­ing with tonight’s con­cert,” the band said in a state­ment.

Demon­stra­tions erupted Fri­day in St. Louis af­ter a judge found for­mer St. Louis po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son Stock­ley not guilty for fa­tally shoot­ing An­thony La­mar Smith in 2011.

U2 is of­fer­ing re­funds for its can­celed gig; it is un­clear if Sheeran will do like­wise.

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