Statement from Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty
Following the release of video documenting the shooting of Ricky Cobb II following a traffic stop in North Minneapolis, Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty released the following statement:
“My heart goes out to Mr. Cobb’s family who are grieving an unimaginable loss. I know they are devastated and will feel his loss for the rest of their lives.
“I also know this community continues to navigate the trauma and grief that results from police violence and the tragic loss of our community members at the hands of law enforcement, no matter the circumstances. And I know that our community wants answers. We will work as swiftly as possible to provide them.
“This is an important decision that impacts everyone in our community, including the family and friends of Ricky Cobb, the troopers who were involved, and our broader community. I take both police accountability and the integrity of the legal process very seriously. The troopers have been placed on leave and the BCA is investigating the incident.
“The investigation is ongoing, including interviewing of witnesses, and I have asked the BCA to prioritize the investigation. We remain in communication with the BCA to make sure they gather the information we will need to make a decision. Once the case is submitted to us for review, we will use all the resources available to analyze the evidence and make a charging decision as quickly as possible. We cannot discuss the case further until the BCA has completed their investigation.”