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Family of Ricky Cobb II rails against silent Hennepin County attorneys

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

The family of Ricky Cobb II and supporters rallied in front of a Minnesota State Patrol office Saturday, as the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office continues its own private review into the officers that shot Cobb.

On July 31, Cobb was pulled over by state troopers because his tail lights were not on. Upon learning that Cobb was wanted for a no-contact order violation, the officers demanded he exit the car. Cobb refused to leave the car, and asked to speak to his lawyer. The officers attempted to force him out of the car, at which point State Patrol Trooper Ryan Londregan shot and killed him.

“I don't think it's fair for us to have to feel like every time we see somebody of uniform, that our lives could be in danger, and we're not even doing anything,” Cobb’s twin brother Rashad Cobb said. “He can just be having a bad day.”

Londregan and three other troopers involved with the stop are on administrative leave. The family objected to what they saw as unfair treatment, stating at the rally that if they were to kill someone, they would be arrested immediately. Cobb’s sister, Octavia Ruffin, said that it is unfair that the officers can go home to their families, while they are without a brother.

“And it keeps happening, the same police get to go back to work,” Ruffin said. “They get to talk to their kids, they can talk to their family, but the families that they're hurting, what are we supposed to do?”

Ricky Cobb II sister, Octavia Ruffin, holds a sign demanding justice for her brother. (Center for Broadcast Journalism)

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension finished its investigation in August before handing it off to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, which is still conducting its own review of Cobb’s case before making a charging decision for the officers.

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