Chicago: Man Who Fired Machine Gun At Chicago Police Officer Sentenced To 12 Years – 19 Days After Getting Suspended In Gun Case


Just 19 days after Kamari Pleasant was put on probation for a felony gun charge in November 2020, he was accused of firing a machine gun at Chicago police who chased him on Chicago’s South Side.

Pleasant, 24, is now under contract with prosecutors. They have dropped 27 counts of attempted murder and 10 felonies. He pleaded guilty to firing a firearm at a police officer. And Judge Carol Howard sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

Kamari Pleasant | Chicago Police Department

Police arrested Pleasant in March 2020 and allegedly found a handgun in his car during a traffic stop. He pleaded guilty on his November 2, 2020, and received probation from Howard.

Less than three weeks later, on November 21st, he took it up a notch.

Prosecutors said Chicago police went to Fernwood Park that night after witnesses reported entering the park with guns to shoot gang rivals.

Officers saw 17-year-old Pleasant and another man walking out of the park and turned on the blue lights. The three fled, prosecutors alleging, and all three opened fire on the officers who were being chased by them.

Police found Pleasant hiding under a pile of leaves near a pistol modified to produce fully automatic fire. It was equipped with a 22-round magazine. Tests found bullet residue in Pleasant’s hand, and prosecutors said 19 shell casings found in the park were “ballistically consistent” with the gun.

Investigators found 25 shell casings at the scene, but police did not fire a single shot.

“They are real heroes,” Judge John Reich said at Pleasant’s first bail hearing. “This is really putting your life in danger.”

Reich said he was “surprised” that officers didn’t fight back. “[That] Shows the highest degree of professionalism and training. ”

A boy was also arrested that night. His gun was jammed and he may not have been able to fire a single shot, prosecutors said. Six shots were apparently fired by a third gunman who was not caught.

Pleasant is scheduled to be released on parole on January 23, 2031.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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