Well, the Black Lives Matter busses have arrived with reinforcements. The protests, since Friday have managed to shut down nearly every event in the city for the weekend. U2 and Ed Sheeran concerts have been canceled due to lack of adequate police protection. They’re a little busy with other things, of course.
Here’s the live feed of the current activity of the protestors.
If by chance you had tickets to U2 and Ed Sheeran, you are entitled to a refund but the concerts have been canceled.
Ed Sheeran hopes to come back in the future, but not so much for U2.
NPR has the details on the concert cancelations.
Like U2, Ed Sheeran has also canceled his concert in St. Louis because of safety concerns.
The cancellations follow protests in the city prompted by the acquittal of a former police officer, who had been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black man.
… U2 offered the following statement, from the band and Live Nation:
“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.”
When then protests began on Friday, many downtown businesses shut down early. It will be interesting to see how a Monday morning greets protests.