The Cook County State’s Attorney has once again refused to approve a felony charge for a man carrying a gun seized in a traffic stop by the Oak Lawn police.
The police allege that Cortez Miller was driving 51 MPH in a 35 MPH zone on Cicero Avenue when they made the traffic stop at about 107th Street. Miller provided a valid proof of insurance and his drivers license to the police officer.
After running Miller’s name through the computer system, the police discovered that there had been an alert issued that informed the officer that Miller may be carrying a gun based on a previous stop and charge. Miller, however, insisted that there wasn’t anything illegal in the car and agreed to a search according to the officer.
The police alleged that they found a loaded Glock semi-automatic firearm and a loaded extended magazine next to the firearm. The Glock had a 13 round magazine and the extended magazine had 22 rounds. Miller told the police that he had a valid FOID card but allegedly admitted that he didn’t have a concealed carry permit. The police were able to confirm that Miller did have a FOID card.
Miller was taken into custody. He allegedly told the police he carries the gun for protection and that he purchased it legitimately from a dealer. The Oak Lawn police contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney, which must approve any and all felony charges. A request to charge Miller with a felony was denied, according to the police.
Instead, Miller was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon. He was also given a citation for speeding. Miller is a 25 year old black male who provided a Crestwood address to the police.