Dozens protest prosecutor’s police shooting decision in Waukegan

SHARE Dozens protest prosecutor’s police shooting decision in Waukegan
SHARE Dozens protest prosecutor’s police shooting decision in Waukegan

Dozens of protesters marched Friday at the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan to protest the decision by the county’s top prosecutor that the police shooting of a 17-year-old boy was justified.

Among those protesting were members of the family of the teen, Justus Howell. They condemned the decision by Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim not to charge Zion Police officer Eric Hill who shot Howell twice in the back.

Members of the family of Justus Howell embrace at a protest Friday over the decision not to charge the cop who fatally shot him. | Ruth Fuller/For Sun-Times Media

Members of the family of Justus Howell embrace at a protest Friday over the decision not to charge the cop who fatally shot him. | Ruth Fuller/For Sun-Times Media

Officials apparently expected a much larger crowd since they shut down the courthouse Friday, and law enforcement officers could be seen on the roof of the building as protesters gathered for the 3 p.m. event.

Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley spoke to the protesters outside as they confronted him over the decision.

“It was a thorough investigation,” Motley said to the outraged crowd. Motley said he respected and agreed with Nerheim’s decision.

Waukegan police were shutting down nearby roads as protesters marched in the street.

A protester briefly blocks a bus in Waukegan Friday. | Ruth Fuller/For Sun-Times Media

A protester briefly blocks a bus in Waukegan Friday. | Ruth Fuller/For Sun-Times Media

The Latest
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown unsuccessfully pushed for a 10-day suspension for Officer Adolfo Bolanos, who shot 17-year-old Michael Elam Jr. three times in February 2019.
Dallas Keuchel’s ERA climbed to 7.88 after he allowed six runs in two innings Thursday night.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown pushed for a 180-suspension, but the vice president of the Chicago Police Board ruled against him.
U.S. health officials declare Cook, collar counties at high risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and strain on hospitals.
Host and designer Alison Victoria helps a couple expecting their first child build their Evanston home from the ground up.