Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty is taking heat from the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) for her comments on the Ricky Cobb II shooting.
Moriarty announced this week that she has received the results of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s investigation into the July 31 State Patrol shooting of Cobb. In her statement, she criticized some State Patrol employees, who are “not the subject of the investigation,” for refusing to “cooperate with the BCA’s investigation.”
“I hear the community calls for an immediate charging decision, but I also know that rushing can lead to mistakes,” she added.
MPPOA general counsel Imran Ali, a former Washington County prosecutor, responded to Moriarty, saying:
“It is unconscionable that a county attorney, who is responsible for a potential charging decision in a criminal matter, make any comment involving a case before the decision has been made. As a former prosecutor, it’s clear her comments run contrary to due process rights. Prosecutors are the ministers of justice, and these statements unethically tip the balance.”