Matt McKinney

Reporter | Public safety
Phone: 612-673-7329
Matt writes stories from Minneapolis, chiefly about crime, but has also told readers about a dying man who recovered his stolen bicycle so he could pass it on to his children; a house built so well it doesn’t need a furnace; a man who died a virtual stranger in his own neighborhood, despite having lived a full life; and shortcomings in the city’s public auctions process. He once wrote a poem about the weather. And the newspaper published it.

Recent content from Matt McKinney

Violent crime up 4% in Minneapolis; mayor wants more police

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said Tuesday that violent crime rose 4 percent but remains at one of its lowest levels in 30 years.

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 06:08 PM

Another victim of Cedar-Riverside fire officially ID’d

The medical examiner confirmed that Mrimri Farah, 60, died in the New Year’s Day blast and blaze. The cause still is not known.

Updated: January 06, 2014, - 09:22 PM

Everyone accounted for after Minneapolis fire, officials say

A second body was found Friday morning in the wreckage of a Minneapolis apartment building that exploded and burned on New Year’s Day.

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 10:31 PM

Punch by off-duty Mpls. cop lands St. Louis Park man $125,000

An off-duty Minneapolis police officer who knocked a man out and kicked him after a 2011 bar altercation faces another similar lawsuit.

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 08:43 AM

Two white Mpls. cops fired over racial slurs incident in Green Bay

The firings of officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell, both military veterans who were on the department’s SWAT team, will kick off an automatic appeal process that could last a year.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 02:15 PM

Laptop leads police to suspect in Univ. of Minnesota robbery

Charges filed in November case of student who got knocked out.

Updated: December 23, 2013, - 11:25 PM

New Minneapolis police policy aims to curb leaks

New Minneapolis policy carries punishments including firing and criminal prosecution.

Updated: December 23, 2013, - 10:56 PM

Mayor Rybak defends chief Harteau's cop review plan

Minneapolis police union said it contacted the governor to voice its opposition to the plan to shift some investigations to the BCA.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 05:21 AM

Criminals switch to day robberies on and near U's Minneapolis campus

Increased security at night drives criminals to desperation; even more anti-theft measures are planned.

Updated: December 19, 2013, - 12:15 PM

BCA investigations of Minneapolis police officers not OK’d

The change comes in the wake of the high-profile Terrence Franklin case. Future shootings will be turned over to the state BCA.

Updated: December 18, 2013, - 10:51 PM

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