U2 Cancels St Louis Concert Amid Heated Protests Over Cop's Acquittal

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According to prosecutors, Stockley, who is white, shot Smith, who is black, five times following a vehicle chase and then allegedly planted a gun in Smith's auto following the shooting.

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) The Metropolitan Police Department for the midwestern USA city of St. Louis said nine of its officers were injured during protests over the acquittal of a white police officer in the 2011 shooting of a black suspect. "I'm committed to protecting everyone's constitutional right to protest peacefully, while also protecting people's lives, homes, and communities".

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

Acting St. Louis Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said Saturday that the "vast majority" of protesters Friday were peaceful. He said some nine police officers were injured.

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The band said those who purchased tickets to the show at St. Louis' the dome at America's Center would be given a refund.

"In light of this information, we can not in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert", the statement read.

A few hundred protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb of University City in the latest of two days of demonstrations.

A group of protesters walked through a mall "chanting and singing", and prompting police to close the entrance of the West Counter Center, located west of the city, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Stokely had been charged with first-degree murder in relation to the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011.

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Stockley was accused of planting a gun in Smith's vehicle but claimed in his testimony that he did this in self-defense.

He also said it would be surprising if Smith, an "urban heroin dealer", did not carry a gun, a characterization that drew a harsh response from the attorney for Smith's fiancee and daughter.

"Many of the demonstrators were peaceful. I knew that it was murder from the beginning". Smith fled the scene resulting in a chase through the street of St. Louis that ultimately ended in Smith crashing his auto.

"Justice wasn't served. I can never be at peace", she told Fox2Now.

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