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Attorneys Release Statement After Charges Dropped for Minnesota Trooper who Killed Black Man

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, released the following statement today responding to Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty to drop 2nd Degree Murder charges against Londregan.

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.

The statement reads as follows:

While we are disappointed, we are not surprised because, like many, we have come to expect the absence of justice and accountability when Black lives are lost in this country. In fact, the state of Minnesota has repeatedly demonstrated that Black lives simply are not valued whether it’s Daunte Demetrius Wright, Philando Castile or Ricky Cobb II.

The simple fact is that, regardless of how many absurd excuses Trooper Londregan gives to try and absolve himself, he shot and killed Ricky Cobb II at point blank range without any justification and, instead of prosecuting him for murder, the County Attorney’s Office has bowed to political pressure to drop the charges. Apparently, all you have to do to get away with murder is to bully the prosecutors enough and the charges will just go away.

The people don’t believe the excuses and neither do we.

In April, Cobb’s family filed a federal lawsuit against Londregan and fellow State Trooper Brett Seide.


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