Ed Sheeran Cancels St. Louis Concert Amid Protests Over Police Acquittal

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Ed Sheeran has canceled his Sunday night concert in St. Louis’ Scottrade Center due to safety concerns.

Like U2, who made a similar move for their show scheduled on Saturday, Sheeran’s promotors cited concern that the St. Louis police force could not offer sufficient support due to unrest in the city.

Protests broke out in St. Louis starting on Friday following the verdict in the case of ex-police officer Jason Stockley, who was found not guilty in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith.

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“With the safety of the fans being of upmost concern, and after consulting with local officials, who could not fully commit to providing a sufficient amount of police and other city services support, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel Sunday night’s show,” Messina Touring Group said in a statement. “While we regret to have had to come to this decision, we do look forward to returning to St. Louis as soon as Ed’s schedule will allow in 2018.”

Those who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will be automatically issued a refund on the credit card tickets were ordered on, according to the statement. And those who bought their tickets at the Scottrade Center box office can receive a refund on location, starting Monday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. local time.

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    1. Ed Sheeran boycotts St Louis. The world yawns. The cop certainly “looked” guilty, but there was no direct evidence presented by the prosecution. This is what is needed to convict since the test in criminal court is beyond a reasonable doubt. Mediocre British singers need to brush up on American jurisprudence.

      • Mike S says:

        He didn’t “boycott” St. Louis. Did you bother actually reading the article? Security at these venues – inside, not outside – is handled in large part by off-duty police officers. Right now, there’s not a whole lot of those to be found in the city of St. Louis. As with the U2 show on Saturday, the St. Louis PD called the promoters and said “hey, you guys do what you want, but just so you know, our people can’t be there this time.”

        You think it’s a good idea to have 15-20,000 people in the case of Sheeran, or upwards of 50,000+ in the case of U2 in a tight confines with alcohol and (likely) other substances without adequate security in place?

        It’s not a boycott.

    2. 1Ronald says:

      Now, if Tony had stayed home he’d be alive today. No, he got out, did his stuff, and is now dead for it. And some cop who wanted to live return home safely to his wife and kids at the end of the day was able to make it out of this mess. Not really a fan of Ed though, but show some chutzpah and give the people what (some) of them may want in your entertainment.

    3. Kaboom! says:

      After ruining an episode of Game of Thrones, does anybody actually care about Ed Sheeran?

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