U2, Ed Sheeran cancel St. Louis show due to protests

 chicagotribune.com  9/16/2017 10:51:00 PM   Associated Press

A second major act has canceled a concert in downtown St. Louis in the wake of protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer charged in the killing of a black suspect.

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's sold-out Sunday night show at the Scottrade Center was canceled for the same reason cited earlier Saturday by U2 when the band canceled a Saturday night performance: Police say they cannot guarantee the typical level of security as the city faces ongoing protests.

U2 says on its website that it can't in good conscience risk its fans' safety. The site outlines plans for refunds.

Hundreds protested Friday and Saturday in downtown St. Louis, in an upscale section of town and in well-to-do suburbs. More protests were expected Saturday night.

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