Sean Combs found 'not guilty' after carrying loaded M-1 rifle in Birmingham

Jury finds 18-year-old not guilty after his walk in downtown Birmingham with loaded rifle

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Sean Combs, 18, of Troy, was arrested back in April after he was spotted with a loaded 1942 M-1 Garand military rifle slung across his back in downtown Birmingham.

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A jury has found an 18-year-old man not guilty of a crime for carrying a loaded M-1 rifle as he walked through the downtown of an affluent Detroit suburb.

Birmingham police arrested Sean Combs on April 13th.

A district court jury in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township got the case Wednesday and reached a verdict Thursday.

Judge Marc Barron threw out a charge of resisting and obstructing police before deliberations started.

The jurors then found Combs not guilty of brandishing a firearm and disturbing the peace.

WWJ-AM reported that after the verdict, Combs said he considers carrying a rifle in public as part of his "freedom of speech and expression."

Earlier, city attorney Mary Kacharik told jurors that Combs was "showing off," "liked the attention" and "wanted to shock people."

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