The following statement can be attributed to Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Bob Jacobson regarding the Hennepin County attorney's decision to charge Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Ryan Londregan.
"We continue to extend our condolences to the family of Ricky Cobb II. I understand this has been a painful journey for them, all of their loved ones and for members of our community."
A death resulting from any law enforcement encounter is always painful. These situations are dynamic and difficult, often taking place in a moment when decisions and judgments can be life-changing and, in this case, life-ending. Those involved will be impacted for life.
We thank the members of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for their diligence and active engagement in this investigation. We also want to acknowledge the dedicated and independent work of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Force Investigations Unit. We respect and accept the today’s charging decision.
Today’s decision marks the next step in the criminal process for the troopers involved. The State Patrol will evaluate its training and policies as part of its critical incident review of this incident. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Internal Affairs Division, which is independent of the State Patrol, is conducting an internal investigation.
I expect our state troopers to operate each day and during every interaction with the State Patrol’s core values of respect, integrity, courage, honor and excellence at the forefront."