Flaunting guns on Instagram Live ends with felony charges for 2 Chicago men: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Two Chicago men who flaunted handguns on Instagram Live as they drove home from a suburban gang funeral were arrested by Chicago police officers shortly after they crossed into the city limits, prosecutors said Saturday.

“Do I need to comment on that? Perhaps the irony of that?” Judge Charles Beach asked the men during their initial appearance. “You’re accused of having guns at a funeral.”

Prosecutors told Beach that Jamir Coleman and Davonte Holley, both 18, attended a gang funeral in Maywood on Friday. While they were there, Chicago police became aware of social media posts showing guns in a car at the funeral, so cops started tracking the vehicle after the funeral, according to the prosecution.

As cops tagged along, Coleman and Holley streamed live video of themselves with guns in the car, prosecutors explained.

Jamir Coleman (L) and Davonte Holley | Chicago Police Department; TeePublic

Chicago officers pulled the car over moments after it entered the city limits and allegedly recovered two guns. Prosecutors Coleman and Holley each had a firearm sitting at their feet.

Holley’s defense attorney said he is a high school senior who was scheduled to start a new job on Friday, but he went to the funeral instead.

“Mr. Holley, do you still have that job?” Beach asked.

“You sure about that?” Beach countered after Holley said he did.

The judge released both men to await trial but gave them nighttime curfews.

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