ZION, Ill. -- A dozen protesters gathered at the Lake County courthouse to express their outrage over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Justus Howell at the hands of a Zion police officer.
Yesterday, prosecutors announced they would not charge the officer, Eric Hill, and argued he feared for his life when he shot Howell.
Supporters of Howell don't believe the teen was a threat.
Surveillance video was released yesterday and shows Howell running from Officer Hill after a 911 call of a shot fired in the area.
Officer hill chased Howell and says the teen made a motion and turned to the left with a gun in his right hand, when Officer Hill fired two shots. Howell was hit in the back.
Earlier today, Lake County officials announced they were closing the courthouse early in anticipation of a large turnout for this protest. They say it was out of concern over employee and public safety.
The protest turned out to be fairly small and was peaceful. At one point the group sat down and blocked an intersection for a short period of time.
Protestors are calling for state's attorney Mike Nerheim to be fired over this decision. They would like to see the attorney general's office get involved. The family plans to file a civil lawsuit.
Because the courthouse closed early today, several couples who showed to get married found out their big day wasn't going to happen. Some brides were in tears.
One couple said they were going to try to go to another lake county court branch--others said they will come back Monday.