Springfield, Illinois – On February 15, 2020, around 5:15 p.m., a Springfield Police Officer observed a blue Chevrolet Malibu northbound in the 3100 block of Butler st. The officer observed a black male driver of the vehicle through the front windshield.
According to the officer, through previous interactions with the driver, he was able to identify the driver as Jameel A. Hamilton, age 21. The officer knew Jameel didn’t have a valid driver’s license. The officer observed Jameel pull into a parking lot and park. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but before the officer could activate the emergency lights, he positioned his patrol car behind Jameel’s and told him to get back into the vehicle, which he refused to comply.
The officer placed Jameel into hand cuffs and placed him in the rear of the patrol car. Jameel asked the officer to crack the window because of the heat being on in the patrol vehicle. The officer also reports that while searching Jameel, prior to being placed in the patrol car, he observed a plastic baggie of suspected cannabis in his right jacket pocket which tested positive for THC.
The officer searched Jameel’s vehicle, prior to it being towed and observed a loaded magazine in the center console in plain view. When the officer searched the vehicle further, a silver over black Ruger 9mm was found under the driver’s seat.
While the officer was photographing the firearm and magazine, the officer heard the rear door of his patrol vehicle open. The officer saw Jameel run from the rear of the patrol vehicle towards Spring Meadows Apartments. The officer reported, “I continued running toward Jameel and advised him to stop a final time. He slipped on ice and tried to get back up and run before I caught up to him and detained him. His left cuff was off, so I placed it back around his left wrist.”
A woman was also a passenger in Jameel’s vehicle, and officers report that she took the vehicle keys and started walking away from officers after being ordered to return the keys. The woman was briefly detained for obstructing officers. A decision was made to let her go on the scene, without charges.
Jameel was arrested and charges were filed against him by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office for Unlawful possession of a weapon by a gang member, a class 2 felony, Escape, a class 2 felony, Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a class 2 felony, Unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a class 3 felony, and resisting a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor.
Bond has been set for Jameel at $250,000 (with 10 percent to apply – $25,000) and he was ordered by a Sangamon County Judge that if he is to bond out, he is to have no contact with any known street gang members.
According to police records, officer’s report that Jameel is a documented gang member and is listed as a member of the street gang Boss Playa (BP). Also according records, Jameel does not have a valid FOID Card.
As of Monday, February 24, 2020, Jameel is still in the Sangamon County Jail.