Champaign County sheriff bans courthouse protests

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh has banned demonstrations in the county courthouse after a group of 60 occupied the building’s lobby. Walsh on Monday changed county policy to forbid demonstrating or picketing inside the Urbana building. Signs, banners and bullhorns will no longer be allowed inside. According to the News-Gazette in Champaign, the policy change follows a protest on Friday in which about 60 people were upset with the decision by State’s Attorney Julia Rietz not to file charges against a police officer accused of excessive force. The city has settled three lawsuits alleging Officer Matt Rush used excessive force. He was fired by the city, but an arbitrator overturned that decision. Rietz has said she does not believe she has enough evidence to successfully prosecute Rush.