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Libor Jany

Reporter | Minneapolis Public Safety
Phone: 612-673-4064
Libor Jany covers crime and punishment in Minneapolis as part of the Star Tribune's public safety team. He joined the newspaper in 2013, covering community events in Washington and Dakota counties. He's also worked for newspapers in Mississippi, California, New Jersey and Connecticut. Follow @StribJany
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Jesse Brown (Hennepin County Jail)

Charges filed in Uptown Minneapolis shooting, chase

The suspect remained jailed Tuesday on charges of first-degree assault and fleeing police in a motor vehicle, jail records show.

Authorities: Security guard charged with impersonating state trooper to impress friend

The defendant is slated to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday morning.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, left, and attorney Thomas Plunkett in May.

Attorneys for ex-Mpls. officer ask for charges to be dropped in Damond death

Mohamed Noor's attorneys say his attempts to revive victim with CPR vindicate him.
Lonzo Allen Washington

Prosecutors: Minneapolis murder suspect pulled gun during fistfight

The suspect was identified through witness statements and surveillance video.
City Attorney Susan Segal said the settlement was in the best interest of “all involved,” and that the department has changed its contractor used

Minneapolis must pay $190,000 to spurned police recruit over psychological screen

Police recruit, a veteran who served in Iraq, was rejected over PTSD diagnosis.
Protesters marched July 31, two days after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released the police body camera footage from the fatal shooting of Thurman Ble

Blevins video exposes divide between police, communities of color

The police body-camera video showing the final moments of Thurman Blevins' life was supposed to provide clarity and answers surrounding his death. Instead, it has reignited the debate about how police interact with minority residents.
Relatives and friends remembered Lonzo Washington on Friday. The 28-year-old was shot and killed Thursday night in Minneapolis.

Arrest announced in shooting death in Minneapolis' Near North neighborhood

Friends and family identified the victim as Lonzo Washington.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, left, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, center, and Sgt. Grant Snyder, right, visited a homeless encampment near Hiawatha

Minneapolis police are taking different approach to homeless

The program gives voice to the city's neediest residents, they say.
Nathan Hampton was killed last month at North Commons Park.

Follow-up attacks at Minneapolis vigils keep mourners on edge

Gunshots at a gathering for Nathan Hampton reinforced the concern.

Minneapolis police urging vigilance after string of car break-ins

Between July 1 and July 30, police say that at least 26 vehicles in two neighborhoods were burglarized or targeted by thieves.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman spoke Monday about body camera footage that was released over the weekend in the Thurman Blevins case and his de

No charges for Mpls. officers who fatally shot Blevins

No charges will be filed against two Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot an armed Thurman Blevins during a chase last month, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Monday.

Charges filed in recent shootings around Minneapolis

Four people have been charged in connection with three recent shootings.
Minneapolis police issued a report Thursday showing its officers are routinely turning on their devices as required,while responding to calls and duri

Report: Minneapolis police body camera usage remains steady

The department plans to debut a data dashboard this fall that will track individual officer's body camera use, officials said.
Attorney Bob Bennett spoke during a news conference after the family of Justine Ruszcyk Damond filed a lawsuit Monday July 23, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN

Damond family's lawsuit alleges conspiracy, 'blue wall of silence'

The suit alleges that the police officer who fired the shot that killed Justine Damond in a Minneapolis alley, and his partner that night, conspired to keep their body-worn cameras from collecting potential incriminating evidence.
Tyna'ja Hornsby 6, held a photo of her sister Tyneshia Pate with her mother, Michelle, at the family home in Brooklyn Park.

Unsolved Twin Cities killings leave open wounds for families

About 22 homicides a year remain unsolved in Minnesota, leaving families in an agonizing limbo of grief.
Isaiah Brown, 11, held a photo of Thurman Blevins, the man killed by Minneapolis police.

Minneapolis releases 911 transcript from Thurman Blevins shooting

"You gotta move around before he shoots somebody!" the caller said, the caller said, adding that the man had fired at least two rounds.

Police response to Cedar-Riverside gun call raises racial tensions

Mpls. police had ordered men out of car at gunpoint; chief says they were responding to a credible threat.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo listened to protesters following the shooting death of Thurman Blevins.

Minneapolis police chief now facing a test of leadership

Just over 10 months after being sworn in as chief, Medaria Arradondo is facing the first serious challenge of his leadership skills.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Jeff Egge, shown in 2011, has been inducted into the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy’s hall of fame.

Minneapolis police data guru recognized by national think tank

The honor for Sgt. Jeff Egge was announced at a symposium put on by the Evidence-Based Crime Policy.
Fifth Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite : “The jail is no place for people that are struggling with mental illness.”

Minneapolis police look to expand mental-health pilot program

The co-responder model has been operating in south Minneapolis; downtown may be next.
Aaron Allen

St. Paul mother at forefront of search for her son, missing since Sunday

Aaron Allen, 18, hasn't been seen since Sunday, according to his mother and St. Paul police.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, shown earlier in the week in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Thurman Junior Blevins.

Mpls. to release video in Blevins shooting after interviews

Mayor Jacob Frey's decision breaks with precedent by releasing video while the investigation continues.
James Lark, who said he witnessed the confrontation between police and Thurman Blevins, told the crowd how Blevins raised his arms and told police he

Push for bodycam footage in Mpls. police shooting swells

Sources say a handgun was discovered next to the body of the victim, who died of gunshot wounds. The officers involved were identified.
Thurman Blevins' brother Manuel Moore, left, escorted his father Thurman Moore to their car after speaking during a protest and rally at the Fourth Pr

Police killing met by anguish and anger in north Minneapolis

Hundreds mourned and protested over the weekend as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension dug in to its investigation of the 31-year-old black man's death.
Dayigin Broadus, 18, was fatally shot at Lowry and Fremont avenues N. in Minneapolis.

As Minneapolis homicide investigation continues, family and friends grieve

No one has been arrested in the shooting death of Dayigin Broadus, 18.
Police in Minneapolis have overhauled the way they keep tabs on criminal activity with a new system for reports and other info.

Minneapolis Police Department unveils new records system to help it keep up with modern crime

The department says the change will help it keep pace with modern crime.
Tyrone Williams

Arrest made in fatal shooting of prominent Mpls. community activist

Suspect booked in county jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.
Minnesota State Patrol investigated the scene where a motorist being pursued by the State Patrol veered into a Minneapolis school playground and hit a

Life-threatening injuries suffered by 2 kids after SUV crash at Mpls. park

The driver was fleeing from the State Patrol when he crashed into a playground where a group of children was playing.

Some caught in Mpls. marijuana stings still face unknown fates

Charges are dropped against 31 of the 47, but prosecutors still must decide how to deal with 16 people who have already been convicted.

Minneapolis mom accused of sexually abusing kids was on Hennepin County's radar

Since January 2014, the woman's children have been the subject of at least six child protection reports.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Thursday he discontinued stings targeting low-level marijuana sales at the request of Mayor Jacob Frey

Mpls. cops halt minor marijuana stings, citing racial disparity

All charges were dropped after reports show 46 of 47 arrested were black. "While the intention was good, it had an unintended consequence," Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said.

Charges: Minneapolis woman robs roommate of $20K, forces him to take sleeping pill

The 22-year-old suspect, Wendy Escobar, remained in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Mpls. mom faces new charges of sexually assaulting, torturing children

The new complaint adds on to accusations of child abuse she's already facing.
The scene at the FAA Building in Minneapolis was quiet by 5 p.m. Tuesday with no sign of emergency responders. Earlier, four people were hospitalized

Letter with suspicious material found at FAA Mpls. office; 4 treated

Authorities have released few details about the incident.
This vehicle was one of many to be vandalized over the weekend in one section of northeast Minneapolis.

Windows on many vehicles busted out in northeast Mpls.

Police say they have taken reports so far of damage to 20 vehicles. No arrests have been announced.
Eddie Frizell, shown during his run for Hennepin County sheriff.

Minneapolis police inspector is a finalist for Seattle police chief

Eddie Frizell ran for Hennepin County sheriff and was in running to be top cop in St. Paul.
Hands type on a computer keyboard.

Report: Tech company hack affected Minnesota law enforcement

Minnesota officials claim local impact was minimal.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo highlighted several possible reasons for the falling use-of-force incidents over the last few years, includ

Use-of-force police incidents show 10-year decline in Mpls.

Some say stats don't tell full story of encounters.
Minneapolis officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede in a wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from the 2013 fatal police shooting of Terra

Minneapolis city attorneys ask U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on Terrance Franklin lawsuit

A decision by the country's high court on whether to review the case is likely months away.
Jack Weyrens

Former judge John Weyrens remembered as compassionate, fair

When John Weyrens first became a judge in Meeker County in the 1970s, he adopted a simple credo: If he ever stopped agonizing over sending…

Minneapolis drug raid uncovers 40 pounds of meth in bedroom closet, police say

Such a large amount of meth would have a street value of up to $400,000.
This post promoting a November 2016 rally in memory of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis was among the sponsored posts on Facebook. It was targeted both in M

Minnesota's Clark, Castile cases were used in Russian-made Facebook posts

Campaign used police shootings of Castile, Clark to deepen Minnesota's racial divide.
This was the scene of a 2017 shooting at Minneapolis’ Little Earth housing complex that left a 13-year-old boy with permanent injuries. The suspect

Two plead guilty in separate Minneapolis shootings, one that left boy permanently injured

The cases stem from separate shootings last year.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor appears in court on May 8, 2018.

Former officer Noor enters no plea in Justine Damond death

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor appeared in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday. The hearing lasted only a couple of minutes.
New Police Sergeant Alice White got a little help from friends and fellow officers Steve Sporny and Jon Edwards. They all started in the department in

In a show of solidarity, Minneapolis police brass switch back to blue

Policy is show of solidarity with rank-and-file officers, department officials say.
Tyrone Williams

In slaying of Minneapolis activist, police hope social media will help in finding suspect

The whereabouts of the suspect in Tyrone Williams Jr.'s death is unknown, police said.
Six people were were wounded by gunfire Wednesday night following a fight at Minneapolis’ Little Earth housing complex.

Three charged in Little Earth shooting that left 6 injured

Three adults were charged in connection with the shooting this week at the Minneapolis housing project.
Six people were shot and wounded Wednesday night following a fight at Minneapolis' Little Earth housing complex, including a 14-year-old boy whom poli

After Little Earth shooting, residents ask: Where's outrage?

Residents of the south Minneapolis housing complex say the shootings have picked up there in recent years, fueled by an exploding opioid epidemic and warring gangs.

Charges: Minneapolis man shot fleeing wife, didn't immediately call 911

The suspect remains jailed Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $1 million.

Minneapolis police: Suspect who shot wife blames it on intruder

Victim said husband shot her over her suggestive texts to someone else.
Imani Jafaar, of the Office of Police Conduct Review, was photographed outside her office at Minneapolis City Hall Wednesday. ] AARON LAVINSKY ï aaro

Nuisance property laws in Minneapolis are getting a second look

Crime victims are sometimes caught up in the net, study finds.
Police tape lines the alley behind 1900 Newton Av. N. near where Minneapolis officers, shortly after 5 a.m., found a man lying in the street with a gu

Man charged in fatal north Minneapolis shooting

He was arrested hours after a 29-year-old Mpls. man was found shot.
FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor leaves the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility with his a

Noor plans to plead not guilty in killing of Justine Damond

According to a document signed by his attorney, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor intends to use self-defense and reasonable force in his defenses.

Man wounded in south Minneapolis shooting

The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, police said.
Sgt. Grant Snyder, the Minneapolis Police Department’s nationally recognized human trafficking expert, is taking on a new role as the department’s

April: Mpls. detective moves into new role as homeless liaison

Sgt. Grant Snyder says his work against sex trafficking sets him up well for role.
Tyrone Williams

Arrest warrant issued in slaying of Minneapolis activist Tyrone Williams

The warrant, filed in Hennepin County District Court, remains under seal.
Lt. Mark Montgomery wiped away tears as Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo read his name during Tuesday’s promotion ceremony.

Minneapolis police promote 24 to supervisory roles

Twenty-four Mpls. officers advanced to supervisory roles during Tuesday's ceremony.

Little Earth murder suspect arrested

His first court appearance has not been set.
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April 5: Brother of 2017 Minneapolis council candidate is shot to death

Raeisha Williams, victim's sister, ran for City Council.
Minneapolis police officers will now have to switch on their cameras at least two blocks away from the “service location."

Mpls. announces stricter rules for police body camera use

Minneapolis officers would face discipline for not properly activating devices.
First responders rely on naloxone, known commonly as Narcan, to quickly counteract the effects of an opioid overdose, by blocking opiate receptors in

S. Mpls. police to carry Narcan, rest of force to join by year's end

Police on South Side will be the first to carry overdose-reversing drug; others will follow.
Minneapolis police inspectors Kathy Waite and Mike Sullivan assembled a little free library at Minneapolis City Hall in 2015. Waite, inspector of the

Mpls. police face a challenge boosting women on force

Chief is assembling a work group of female officers to study barriers to recruiting, hiring, mentoring and retaining women.
Pets of domestic abuse victims get care at the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control Center.

Program offers safe haven for pets from troubled homes

The Domestic Violence Initiative is a little-known Minneapolis Animal Care & Control program that provides a temporary safe haven for pets from troubled homes.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor left the Hennepin County jail with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett.

Racial dynamic draws focus in case vs. Noor in Damond killing

Some Somali-Americans worried their community, rather than the use of deadly force by an officer, will end up on trial.

Minneapolis cops who were cleared in excessive force case still could face internal discipline

The officers have returned to work since the incident, which occurred in December 2016.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor left the Hennepin County jail with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett, after posting bail Wednesday night.

Hours after court appearance, Noor posts bail and leaves jail

Prosecutors argued that bail remain high, saying they had "credible evidence" last fall that Mohamed Noor, charged with the murder of Justine Damond, was trying to leave the country.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman demonstrated how officer Mohamed Noor reached across his partner and shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Charges against officer Noor resound around Mpls., world

Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor was charged with murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July. "No charges can bring our Justine back," her family said.
A Minneapolis police officer was watching out for trouble after bar closing time along 5th Street near Hennepin Avenue.

Downtown Mpls. sees violent crime drop a third so far in '18

By eliminating the conditions that breed crime, police say they've made downtown safer.

Man admits stealing detection equipment just before Super Bowl

He dumped most of the items, including bomb-detecting equipment, but held on to gas masks so he could smoke weed with them.
Marcus Fischer

Teen shot in police interview room faces new charges

He remains held in Hennepin County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Minneapolis Police Union President Bob Kroll addressed the media Wednesday following the announcement that the two police officers involved in the sho

Tension rises between county attorney, police union in Noor investigation

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman reiterated that he has no timetable for making his decision of whether or not to charge officer Mohamed Noor.

Minneapolis cop who fired on car takes stand in own defense

Witness testimony continues Wednesday.

Minneapolis cop not guilty of assault for shooting at carful of clubgoers

Jury deliberated for seven hours over two days.

Correctional officer being investigated after female inmate calls radio show, alleges sexual abuse

Hennepin County officials would only confirm that there is an open investigation into an unspecified incident.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey shook hands with Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

Mpls. mayor, chief hope to persuade council more officers are better

Council will weigh adding officers vs. public safety innovations. Frey and Arradondo say they believe hiring more police officers will drive down crime and improve community relations.
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