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Family of Black Man Killed by Minnesota Cop File Federal Lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - 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, joined their attorneys today to announce a federal lawsuit against Londregan and fellow State Trooper Brett Seide. Londregan has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Manslaughter and 1st Degree Assault by Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty.

Cobb’s family is represented by nationally renowned civil rights attorney 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, Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan was the only one to discharge his firearm.

MDPS has said that “At no point on available video” is Cobb holding a gun.

The lawsuit further details multiple other concerns including the revelation that Seide told troopers on the scene that Cobb was wanted for violating a protective order in Ramsey County while there was no such warrant. In fact, according to the lawsuit, the entire incident which resulted in Londregan killing Cobb was caused by Londregan and Seide.

“These two troopers created this situation, escalated it and then Londregan ended it by stealing Ricky Cobb II from his family forever,” said Sellers. “That’s not just a tragedy. That’s a crime and it’s time to hold them accountable.”

“Today we are taking a critical step in the march toward justice,” said Daniels. “The county attorney is pursuing criminal action and we’re pursuing civil justice.”

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