U2 has canceled tonight’s concert in St. Louis, Missouri in the wake of violent protests sparked by the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley.
The announcement was made by the band and Live Nation in a joint statement:
The St. Louis protests erupted on Friday when former police officer Jason Stockley, a white man, was found not guilty of murder in the 2011 shooting of motorist Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man.
The demonstrations quickly turned violent, with protesters blocking highways and breaking out the windows of buildings.
So far, there have been 32 arrests and nine injured police officers.