We will not tolerate violence', says St Louis police chief

We will not tolerate violence', says St Louis police chief

We will not tolerate violence', says St Louis police chief

Live Nation and U2 said the St. Louis Police Department said they're not in "position to provide the standard protection for the audience" as normal.

Irish rockers U2 canceled their Saturday show in St. Louis because local cops said they couldn't provide the usual level of security in the wake of protests. "As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment".

Protestors were demonstrating against the aquittal of Jason Stockley, a white former St Louis police officer who shot dead local black man, Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011.

U2 was scheduled to play a show on its Joshua Tree tour at the Dome at America's Center on Saturday evening, while Sheeran was scheduled for a Sunday show at Scottrade Center.

On Saturday, protesters gathered at a park and then marched through two St Louis shopping malls, chanting "the whole damn system is guilty as hell".

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The other charges protesters face include misdemeanor rioting charges, and one person was charged with assaulting a police officer.

ED Sheeran has become the latest star to pull out of performances in St Louis, Missouri after protests sparked a safety concern for concertgoers.

Police were prepared for a second night of protests after Friday's demonstrations led to several clashes - including rocks thrown at a police vehicle and objects tossed at officers in riot gear - and culminated when protesters broke a window and spattered red paint on the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson.

They added, "While we regret to have had to come to this decision, we do look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed's schedule will allow in 2018". A fortiori in this city, in the suburbs where the riots have taken place in 2014 after the death of a young black man, Michael Brown, killed by a white policeman.

"You're The Best Thing About Me" also debuted at No. 6 on both Rock Digital Song Sales and Alternative Digital Song Sales with 8,000 downloads sold in the week ending 7 September, according to Nielsen Music.

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