MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Attorneys for the family of Ricky Cobb II, the 33-year-old Black man shot and killed by Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan during a routine traffic stop, spoke out today along with internationally recognized law enforcement expert Dr. Geoffrey Alpert following Londregan’s first court appearance after being charged with 2nd Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Manslaughter and 1st Degree Assault. Alpert, a criminologist at the University of South Carolina specializing in police use of force, helped make history as an expert witness for the family of George Floyd in their civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and four officers involved in his death. The $27 million settlement in that case stands as the largest pretrial wrongful death settlement in American history.
Cobb’s family is represented by nationally renowned civil rights attorneys Bakari Sellers and Harry Daniels as well as F. Clayton Tyler.
Cobb’s killing sparked a national outcry in August when the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (MDPS) released dash camera and body-worn camera video of the incident. According to the video and the MDPS, Cobb was pulled over for not having his rear lights on and, while three officers responded to the initial incident, Londregan was the only one to discharge his firearm. MDPS has said that “At no point on available video” is Cobb holding a gun.
“Review of the body-worn camera video raises serious questions and red flags about policy violations and the use of excessive force,” said Alpert who has taught at the FBI National Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. “The video can be used as an example of what a police officer should not do and if the officers had followed protocol and accepted police practices, it is likely that Ricky Cobb II would be alive today.”
“Watching this video is like watching a trainwreck,” said Sellers. “No one tried to de-escalate the situation. No one tried to protect his life. Trooper Ryan Londregan pulled the trigger, but he’s not the only one responsible for Ricky Cobb’s death.”