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Minnesota trooper is charged with murder in shooting of Black motorist during traffic stop

by NBC News

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting of Black motorist Ricky Cobb II after he refused to get out of his car during a July traffic stop.

Trooper Ryan Londregan is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, first-degree assault and second degree manslaughter in the death of Cobb, Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said at a news conference.

“As with all Minnesota law enforcement officers, state troopers may only use deadly force when it is necessary to protect a person from a specific identified threat of great bodily harm or death that was reasonably likely to occur. That did not exist in this case. Ricky Cobb II should be alive today,” Moriarty said.

An attorney for Londregan called his client “a hero” and attacked Moriarty for charging Cobb.

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty, center, provides an explanation to members of the press regarding the State Patrol killing of Ricky Cobb II at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Jan. 24, 2024. Kerem Yücel / Minnesota Public Radio via AP

“This county attorney is literally out of control. Open season on law enforcement must end. And it’s going to end with this case,” attorney Chris Madel said in a video statement

Londregan has not been arrested. Moriarty said her office will not seek to hold him on bail but will ask the court to require him to surrender his passport and firearms. She expects his first court appearance to be scheduled for later this week or early next week.

Londregan shot Cobb, 33, after a July 31 traffic stop on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis, according to the Minnesota Public Safety Department’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which investigates police shootings. Authorities have not provided information about Londregan’s race.

Trooper Brett Seide initially pulled Cobb over when he saw the taillights were out on the Ford Fusion Cobb was driving, according to the bureau.

The bureau has said previously that Seide…

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