U2 has canceled its Saturday night (Sept. 16) stadium concert in St. Louis over security concerns as the city faces violent protests following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
Promoter Live Nation and U2 wrote in a statement that the St. Louis Police Department would not be able to provide the “standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size.” The promoter was also informed that the local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.
“In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans’ safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert,” the statement read. “As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment.”
U2’s show was to be held at St. Louis’ 70,000-capacity Dome at America’s Center. Fans who purchased tickets to the concert will be issued refunds.
Violent protests broke out Friday after Jason Stockley was found not guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, the Associated Press reports. On Dec. 20, 2011, the then-police officer shot 24-year-old Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase and crash.
Thirty-two people were reportedly arrested in the protests Friday, and 10 officers had been injured.
As of press time, other large-scale concerts were still scheduled over the weekend, including Ed Sheeran at the nearby Scottrade Center Sunday night.