U2 Decides To Cancel Concert In St Louis Following Jason Stockley Not Guilty Verdict

U2 has cancelled Saturday’s concert in St Louis due to protests in the streets following the Jason Stockley not guilty verdict

  • St Louis Police Department stated they would not have enough officers to monitor the concert and ensure safety

  • U2 was scheduled to play at the Dome at America’s Center

  • Citizens called for 100 days of protest if Jason Stockley was not convicted for First-Degree Murder

Following Friday’s not guilty verdict for Jason Stockley, U2 has announced they will be canceling a show in St Louis on Saturday.

The band made announced the cancellation on their social media accounts amidst protests in the streets of downtown St Louis. Due to these protests, the St Louis Police Department stated that they would not have sufficient personnel to monitor the concert and ensure the safety of those in attendance.

U2 released the following statement on their Facebook page:

Live Nation and U2 regrettably announce their St. Louis show scheduled for tonight, September 16, 2017, has been canceled.

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 of this size.

We have also been informed that 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. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment.” – Live Nation and U2

Fans who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the credit card tickets were ordered on. Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available starting Monday at 10 am at point of purchase.

Saturday’s concert was supposed to take place at the Dome at America’s Center. Protesters initially called for 100 days of protest if Stockley walked for the 2011 murder of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Law enforcement were seen firing tear gas at protesters early Saturday morning as a mediocre sized group continued their march through the streets.

On U2’s Instagram account, Bono addressed the cancellation and quoted Dr Martin Luther King Jr from the National Cathedral.

Deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis and having to cancel our show tonight….I found myself reading Dr. King’s speech from the National Cathedral and asking myself is this 1968 or 2017? – Bono “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability….we are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. And we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment; to make the invisible visible.”



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