Family of Black Man Files Lawsuit After Fatal Traffic Stop Shooting


Family and activists for Ricky Cobb II, who was fatally shot by a Minnesota state trooper in a July 2023 traffic stop, stand with a sign that shows photos of Cobb and says "Justice for Ricky Cobb II" inside Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Trisha Ahmed)
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The family of Ricky Cobb II, a 33-year-old Black man fatally shot by Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Ryan Londregan, is set to file a lawsuit. Cobb was killed during a routine traffic stop for a rear light issue in August. But despite footage from a dash and body camera showing no evidence of Cobb yielding a weapon, Trooper Londregan was the sole officer to use lethal force.

FILE – Family members of Ricky Cobb II, a Black man who was shot and killed by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper, speak at a news conference outside Hennepin County Government Center, Aug. 2, 2023, in Minneapolis. On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, prosecutors charged Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Ryan Londregan with murder and two other counts in the shooting death of Cobb during a stop in July 2023. (AP Photo/Trisha Ahmed, File)

The incident has ignited widespread outrage, prompting the Cod family to seek justice through legal action. They’ll hold an announcement later today at the Hennepin County Government Center. The family’s legal team includes notable civil rights attorneys Bakari Sellers, Harry Daniels, and F. Clayton Tyler, who will speak at the event.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety confirmed that the available footage does not show Cobb holding a gun at any time during the confrontation.

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