U2 Concert Was Just Canceled in St. Louis Because of 'Safety'

U2 Concert Was Just Canceled in St. Louis Because of 'Safety'

Some protesters and police officers skirmished around the city. All downtown courthouses will be closed, including the federal courthouse, in anticipation of the verdict.

"We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event this size", it reads.

"I'm sad, I'm hurt, I'm mad", the Reverend Clinton Stancil of the Wayman AME Church in St. Louis told Reuters by telephone.

The lady, who laid on her back in the street after police officers walked over her, was eventually helped up by several policemen and detained. Defense attorneys claimed that Stockley believed Smith had a firearm; however, prosecutors alleged that Stockley planted the weapon.

In 2013, the St. Louis police board settled a wrongful death suit with Smith's family for $900,000, CNN reported.

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In a second day of protests over the judge's ruling in the 2011 shooting death, hundreds of people chanted "Shut it down" and waved fists in the air as they snaked through the West County Center in the St Louis suburb of Des Peres.

While for the most part the protests started peacefully, St. Louis police said on Friday evening that demonstrators threw rocks at the mayor's home - breaking windows and smashing the windshield of a police vehicle. By Friday night, the protests had become violent with nine officers injured and over 32 people arrested.

Hawley said anyone who uses protests to commit crime needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The former policeman believed Mr Smith was armed, defence attorneys said, and a gun was found in the auto. Stockley says he saw Smith holding a gun before the chase began, and that he felt he was in imminent danger when he opened fire. Smith, who was African-American, tried to evade the officer during a high-speed chase and, when Stockley apprehended him, he claimed that he felt he was in imminent danger and shot the suspect five times. Smith's fiancé, Christina Wilson, Governor Eric Greitens and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson are asking the public to express their message in a peaceful way.

Stockley was also accused of planting a gun on Smith.

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