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Left-Wing DA Drops Charges Against Minnesota State Trooper Who Killed Thug

Posted on | June 3, 2024 | Comments Off on Left-Wing DA Drops Charges Against Minnesota State Trooper Who Killed Thug

Ricky Thomas Cobb II

July 31 ought to be an annual holiday in Minnesota, to celebrate the heroism of Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan, who made the world a better place when he fatally shot career criminal Ricky Cobb II.

It was 2 o’clock in the morning when troopers pulled over Cobb on I-94 north of downtown Minneapolis last July 31. There was a warrant for Cobb’s arrest in neighboring Ramsey County for violating a domestic violence protection order. Cobb, 33, had an extensive criminal record, and probably should have never been released from prison.

Among other things, Cobb had a tattoo declaring his affiliation with a north Minneapolis gang, the “1-9 Block Dipset Gang,” notorious for drug dealing and deadly street violence against rivals. But Cobb was not merely a local menace. He had charges in several different counties. The mug shot at the top of this post is from Cobb’s arrest in a 2013 bar brawl in St. Cloud, 65 miles north of Minneapolis. Ricky Cobb was a statewide one-man crime wave. Wherever he went, crime happened.

Did I mention that Ricky Cobb was a menace to women? He was twice convicted (in 2014 and 2017) of felony domestic assault by strangulation. He was then convicted in 2018 of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and sentenced to five years in prison. When he appealed his sentence, the court’s response was basically, “LOL.” And there’s much more about Ricky Cobb’s lifelong career of criminal violence:

The criminal complaint in the 2017 Wright County strangulation case describes a violent episode during an argument with the mother of one of Cobb’s children in which he reportedly punched her in the face several times and grabbed her by the neck, causing her to not be able to breathe. When the victim made two attempts to escape the apartment, Cobb blocked her and again strangled her both times. The victim was holding their 6-month-old baby during at least one of the attacks, the complaint said. . . .
Cobb also had two convictions for violating domestic abuse no contact orders, as well as a handful of other convictions for theft, false information to police, marijuana possession in a vehicle, and driving after suspension.
Court records show that Cobb pled guilty [in July 2023] in Anoka County Court to a felony count of providing false information to police as a predatory offender. Cobb had been out of custody on zero bail awaiting a September sentencing hearing in the case. The plea agreement specified that in exchange for the guilty plea, Cobb’s defense counsel would argue for a departure from sentencing guidelines. The case was charged last October, and the complaint stated that Cobb was required to register as a predatory offender as a result of a 2018 Wright County case. Two of Cobb’s prior domestic cases were out of Wright County: the 2017 domestic strangulation case, and one of the cases involving violation of a no contact order.
Cobb’s three felony convictions would have prohibited him from legally possessing firearms under Minnesota law.
A further search of Minnesota civil court records show Cobb was in court in May of [2023] fighting a child support order initiated in 2017 when Cobb was incarcerated. The order was finalized in May in favor of the petitioner and against Cobb. . . .
Other court records show that the petitioner in the child support/paternity case received an order for protection on behalf of themself and the two children in December 2021. In granting the order for protection, the court document stated that “the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that [Cobb] poses an imminent risk of causing another person substantial bodily harm and [pursuant to statute] the local law enforcement agency shall take immediate possession of all firearms in [Cobb’s] possession.”

All of this is preamble to the bizarre “controversy” surrounding Trooper Londregan’s fatal shooting of Ricky Cobb. The district attorney in Hennepin County is a left-wing Democrat named Mary Moriarty.

“How left-wing is she?” you ask. So left-wing that, when Moriarty approved a plea deal that gave a slap on the wrist to two teenage killers for murdering Zaria McKeever in November 2022, she was criticized by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who is one of the most left-wing public officials on the planet. There’s “soft on crime” (which most Democrats are) and then there’s “too soft on crime for Keith Ellison,” which is a whole different Bonus Level of soft-on-crime.

You can watch the video of the incident in which Trooper Londregan shot Ricky Cobb and see that any reasonable person would determine that the shooting was justified, even if they didn’t know that Rick Cobb was a lifelong menace to the community. But this happened in Minneapolis, where St. George of the Blessed Fentanyl is considered a civil rights martyr, and the usual suspects demanded “justice.”

In January, Mary Moriarty charged Trooper Londregan with three felonies — second-degree unintentional murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree manslaughter: “Our hearts are with Ricky Cobb’s family today, who are grieving an unimaginable loss. I know that they are devastated and will continue to feel this loss for the rest of their lives.”

Like I said, this is a whole different Bonus Level of soft-on-crime and, even in a reliably Democrat state like Minneapolis, people were outraged by Moriarty’s action. In March, after Londregan’s lawyers accused Moriarty’s office of ignoring the opinion of an expert who said the trooper’s “use of force was reasonable since the trooper thought his colleagues’ lives were in danger,” Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Tim Walz — who is certainly not a conservative — said he was considering taking the case away from Moriarty’s office. In case you didn’t know it, there’s an election in November, and polls show Joe Biden just barely leading Donald Trump in Minnesota. The last thing Democrats in Minnesota need is for the anti-cop prosecutor in Minneapolis to be pushing cases that remind voters of how soft-on-crime Democrats are.

This probably explains why, under pressure from Democrats who aren’t as batshit crazy as she is, Mary Moriarty found an excuse to decide, on second thought, maybe Trooper Londregan isn’t a murderer:

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Sunday that Mary Moriarty has filed to dismiss the case against Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan in the killing of Ricky Cobb II.
Moriarty filed a notice to dismiss charges against Londregan, saying defense lawyers presented many new pieces of evidence that made it “impossible” to prove that the shooting death of Cobb II was not an authorized use of force incident by Londregan.
Prosecutors dropped the case after hearing new testimony from Londregan, where he claimed he saw Cobb II reach for his firearm shortly before Londregan fired gunshots that ultimately killed Cobb. Also, prosecutors say a Minnesota State Patrol trainer claimed he never instructed officers to hold back from shooting into a moving car while trying to get a suspect out of the car but said refraining from firing at a moving car is “best practice.”
After these testimonies, and working with a use of force expert, Moriarty and prosecutors in the case decided to dismiss the case. . . .
“Open season on law enforcement needs to end – on the streets and in the courtroom. Trooper Londregan should have never been charged, and we are glad this political case is over. Enough is enough,” Minnesota Police and Peace Officer Association (MPPOA) Executive Director Brain Peters said in a statement about the dismissal.

Minnesota’s four Republican members of Congress — Brad Finstad, Michelle Fischbach, Tom Emmer and Pete Stauber — responded to Sunday’s announcement with the following statement:

“It was clear months ago that Ms. Moriarty was abusing her position to wrongfully charge Trooper Londregan. When she refused to listen to the facts of the case and the law, we asked Governor Walz to step in and remove the case from her jurisdiction. Finally, after many months of unnecessary strife, Ms. Moriarty has come to the same conclusion that the experts did: that Trooper Londregan was completely justified in his use of force to protect his partner’s life.
“We still share the same concerns we expressed to the Governor, as well as the House Judiciary Committee, about Ms. Moriarty’s active work to demonize law enforcement. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect our brave officers from corrupted officials like her.”

Good. Now make July 31 a statewide holiday in Minnesota.


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