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Libor Jany

Reporter | Minneapolis Public Safety
phone: 651-925-5033
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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Officer personnel records released in Damond shooting

Officer personnel records released in Damond shooting

Newly released personnel records shed some additional light on the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an incident that…
Shootings leave 6 wounded in Minneapolis over the weekend, ambulance struck by gunfire

Shootings leave 6 wounded in Minneapolis over the weekend, ambulance struck by gunfire

None of the weekend injuries are thought to be life-threatening.
Medaria Arradondo steps into MPD chief role

Medaria Arradondo steps into MPD chief role

Urgent questions abound for the 28-year veteran, who would be the city's first black police chief if he wins the job permanently.
Minneapolis police chief resigns; protesters shout down mayor

Minneapolis police chief resigns; protesters shout down mayor

Protesters interrupted Mayor Betsy Hodges' news conference at City Hall. Earlier, Hodges said she would name Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to replace Janeé Harteau, who resigned.
Minneapolis police union silent after Justine Damond shooting

Minneapolis police union silent after Justine Damond shooting

Lt. Bob Kroll, breaking from past practice, said he will wait for investigation.
Failure to turn on body cameras flouted policy

Failure to turn on body cameras flouted policy

The officer who shot and killed 40-year-old Justine Damond late Saturday apparently violated his department’s rules on the use of body cameras when he…
Fugitive boyfriend caught after two months, charged in Mpls. killing

Fugitive boyfriend caught after two months, charged in Mpls. killing

Iesha Wiley's mother grieves and regrets not doing more, even after repeated warnings.
Suspect in Minneapolis stabbing was acting erratically hours before slaying, police told

Suspect in Minneapolis stabbing was acting erratically hours before slaying, police told

David Hall, of Minneapolis, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 34-year-old man renting a room from him.
Minnesota first arrives: Liquor stores legally open on a Sunday

Minnesota first arrives: Liquor stores legally open on a Sunday

Minnesotans rolled out of bed Sunday, and, for the first time in state history, had the option of making a trip to their local liquor store.
Crime rate in Minnesota hits a 50-year low, new BCA data show

Crime rate in Minnesota hits a 50-year low, new BCA data show

Serious crimes in Minnesota dropped by more than 3 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the FBI.
Behind Minneapolis school officer's badge beats the heart of a balladeer

Behind Minneapolis school officer's badge beats the heart of a balladeer

By day, officer Phillip Xiong patrols the hallways of south Minneapolis' Transition Plus Services; but at night, he still occasionally returns to his first love: singing.

Man charged in Uptown Minneapolis bar shooting that left another paralyzed

The 21-year-old victim was possibly paralyzed for life, authorities said.
Top north Minneapolis lieutenant is appointed Fourth Precinct inspector

Top north Minneapolis lieutenant is appointed Fourth Precinct inspector

Lt. Aaron Biard will assume the post on Aug. 20, department officials said on Tuesday.

Downtown Mpls. block reopened after daycare bomb threat

Transit was disrupted along Marquette Avenue, according to online scanner reports.
Minneapolis cops retreat from stricter deadly-force policy

Minneapolis cops retreat from stricter deadly-force policy

Union and rank-and-file complained that the new rules would hamper effective policing.
Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Pride's parade ban is "divisive," Minneapolis police chief says, and she isn't alone in the criticism.

Two officers slightly injured by fireworks in confrontation outside north Minneapolis police station

Two men were arrested following a confrontation between police and residents.
Man faces murder charge in robbery turned slaying near Minneapolis park

Man faces murder charge in robbery turned slaying near Minneapolis park

Chance Adams is expected to make his initial court appearance on Tuesday.

Richfield police discover pot growing operation, small arsenal

More than 30 weapons were discovered, and two men were arrested.
Minneapolis launches hate-crime hot line

Minneapolis launches hate-crime hot line

Residents can report acts of intolerance through the city's 311 help number.
At Mpls. peace summit, Stevie Wonder joins plea to end street violence

At Mpls. peace summit, Stevie Wonder joins plea to end street violence

Young people mired in poverty need help to build more peaceful lives, attendees said.

Murder charges announced in two recent Minneapolis slayings

Charges were filed in the June 8 beating death of a homeless man and the June 13 fatal shooting of a teenager.

Minneapolis police appeal for help in teen's homicide, 14th of year

The incident bore a grim resemblance to another slaying earlier this week.

At least 6 people shot, two fatally, in Minneapolis over weekend

Two people were killed and at least four others wounded during a 24-hour burst of violence across Minneapolis over the weekend, according to police reports.…
Minneapolis cop who disarmed suspect named 'Officer of the Year'

Minneapolis cop who disarmed suspect named 'Officer of the Year'

Officer Brent Rasmussen showed "incredible restraint, solid decisionmaking skills and great courage" in the face of danger.
Family of Jamar Clark sues two Minneapolis police officers, alleging excessive use of force

Family of Jamar Clark sues two Minneapolis police officers, alleging excessive use of force

Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze are accused of using excessive force in 2015 death.
17-year-old victim identified from weekend fatal shooting in Minneapolis

17-year-old victim identified from weekend fatal shooting in Minneapolis

The teen was standing near the corner of 24th Street and 10th Avenue S. when he was shot on Sunday afternoon.

Minneapolis police investigate killings of cooperating witnesses

Investigators continue to probe connections of two recent homicides.
Man kicked in face by ex-Minneapolis cop sues for $4 million

Man kicked in face by ex-Minneapolis cop sues for $4 million

The suit was filed this week in Hennepin County District Court.
Friends, relatives ID man killed in shooting outside Minneapolis school

Friends, relatives ID man killed in shooting outside Minneapolis school

No arrests have been announced, though police say they are following several leads.

Man sitting in a van in Minneapolis is shot in the head and killed

It happened about 2:30 p.m. in the area of 30th and Irving Avs. N, near Jordan Park and a school.
After tragedy strikes twice, a grieving family struggles to stay afloat

After tragedy strikes twice, a grieving family struggles to stay afloat

Within a month, a son and his mother fall victim to gun violence.
Mpls. officers on the street told to clean up their language

Mpls. officers on the street told to clean up their language

The Minneapolis Police Department is pushing its officers to clean up their language, while also training them to use their mouths — rather than their muscle — to bring a dangerous person under control.
Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Police Chief Harteau responded Thursday morning, saying she was "disappointed" in the mayor's move and that she chose Lt. John Delmonico because of his leadership credentials.
Driver killed when he struck tree in St. Paul during pursuit is ID'd

Driver killed when he struck tree in St. Paul during pursuit is ID'd

The driver has been convicted of several crimes and had two warrants out for his arrest at the time of the crash.
Documents: Mpls. police commander waited months to report alleged stalking of officer

Documents: Mpls. police commander waited months to report alleged stalking of officer

A cache of documents released Friday shed new light on an internal investigation into Lt. Michael Friestleben's handling of a case involving one of his officers.
Female Mpls. cops changing tone with de-escalation skills

Female Mpls. cops changing tone with de-escalation skills

The Minneapolis Police Department is rethinking its use-of-force policies, while stepping up its efforts to recruit female officers. Officers are now being trained in alternative ways to control violent or uncooperative suspects before resorting to physical means.
Mpls. police undercount domestic violence cases, watchdog says

Mpls. police undercount domestic violence cases, watchdog says

Police Chief Janeé Harteau disputes the study's data and sample size.

Texas man files excessive force lawsuit for 2016 arrest at Vikings stadium

The Texas man is asking for $75,000 in damages.
Mpls. to revive partnering with other agencies on crime hot spots

Mpls. to revive partnering with other agencies on crime hot spots

The beefed-up patrols will begin May 26 and continue until Sept. 2, officials say.
Man gets 5-year sentence in toddler's drive-by shooting death

Man gets 5-year sentence in toddler's drive-by shooting death

Sentencing was for firearms charge. No one is charged with the killing.

A new second-in-command named for Minneapolis police

Medaria Arradondo replaces the departing Mpls. assistant chief.
Proposed settlement reached in lawsuit against ex-cop who kicked gas station attendant

Proposed settlement reached in lawsuit against ex-cop who kicked gas station attendant

Minneapolis has reached potential settlement in Christopher Reiter case.
Woman shot outside Mpls. motorcycle hangout dies; was mother of man killed by Chicago Amtrak officer

Woman shot outside Mpls. motorcycle hangout dies; was mother of man killed by Chicago Amtrak officer

She was shot in Twin Cities Sunday; he was shot in Feb. by Chicago police.
Community rallies behind transferred Minneapolis commander

Community rallies behind transferred Minneapolis commander

Commander was force for good in troubled district, residents and officials say.
Mpls. police on track to make fewest arrests since 2000

Mpls. police on track to make fewest arrests since 2000

The decrease in arrests and stops had some communities breathing a sigh of relief, while City Council President Barb Johnson suspects the trend is the result of a phenomenon where demoralized cops are reluctant to do their jobs.
Minneapolis police watchdog office is still fending off concerns

Minneapolis police watchdog office is still fending off concerns

City's revamped police review board is still dismissing more than half of its citizen claims.
Lt. Bob Kroll wins race for Minneapolis police union presidency

Lt. Bob Kroll wins race for Minneapolis police union presidency

He gets a second two-year term after 423-184 vote.
Suspect in shooting of grandmother Birdell Beeks indicted on first-degree murder charges

Suspect in shooting of grandmother Birdell Beeks indicted on first-degree murder charges

Joshua Ezeka faces life in prison on tougher charges.
Mpls. police see new database as tool; privacy advocates worry

Mpls. police see new database as tool; privacy advocates worry

The new system could be online as soon as next fall, department sources say.
Amber Alert canceled: Abducted child found after woman stabbed

Amber Alert canceled: Abducted child found after woman stabbed

Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert after a 2½-year-old boy who was kidnapped during a domestic situation early Tuesday in Minneapolis was found and is safe. The suspect in the abduction has been arrested.
Mpls. suspect bit and knifed man, saying 'I hate Muslims,' charges say

Mpls. suspect bit and knifed man, saying 'I hate Muslims,' charges say

He is jailed after being charged with assault.
Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges enters her fourth year as mayor amid skepticism that she and the chief have the close-knit relationship needed to adequately police a big city.

Robbinsdale CVS worker faces 25 felony charges in prescription pill theft

A worker at a Robbinsdale CVS was charged with 25 felonies on Tuesday, accused of pocketing thousands of pills to treat everything from anxiety to…

Man charged with murder over drug debt in 2013 Minneapolis cold case

The suspect, 50-year-old Marvin Washington, has been arrested and faces a second-degree murder charge.

Minneapolis man sentenced to probation in controversial cavity search case

The defendant, Guntallwon Brown, was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of home confinement.

Mpls. police will receive pay raises after striking a deal with city

The new deal includes back pay for the two years spent on negotiations.
Kroll draws challenger in bid for second term as Mpls. police union head

Kroll draws challenger in bid for second term as Mpls. police union head

Ballots for the police union election are usually mailed in mid-April.
Months after son's shooter walks free, a mother wants justice

Months after son's shooter walks free, a mother wants justice

Prosecutors say Derrick Mack was shot in Minneapolis in self-defense. Candice Lynch says otherwise.

Tentative Minneapolis police contract clears another hurdle

The wage scales of Minneapolis police officers would increase 15 percent over five years while their chief would have more leeway to manage problem cops…
Philando Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds charged with assault in hammer attack

Philando Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds charged with assault in hammer attack

Reynolds appeared in Ramsey County District Court to face charges of second- and third-degree assault, according to online records.

Brooklyn Center man sentenced for fatal shooting outside Minneapolis nightclub

Sherman Alexander admitted to fatally shooting a woman and wounding a man outside the Pourhouse last fall.

Minneapolis man arrested on suspicion of shooting roommate in the face

The 41-year-old suspect was booked into Hennepin County jail on suspicion of assault.

Minneapolis council committee moves police contract discussion behind closed doors

The Minneapolis City Council’s Executive Committee was expected to consider the specific terms of a new police contract at its public meeting in council chambers…
Minneapolis police launch new division aimed at community outreach

Minneapolis police launch new division aimed at community outreach

The new division will be run by Cmdr. Charlie Adams, newly promoted from the department's internal affairs unit.

Police investigating alleged rape of U fraternity pledge

The case remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

City of Minneapolis, police officers reach tentative contract deal

The specifics of the deal have not been released.
Feds charge U student with trafficking ecstasy from his dorm room

Feds charge U student with trafficking ecstasy from his dorm room

Spencer Nichols, 18, faces charges of a first-degree drug sale of 50 or more grams of a narcotic in a 90-day span, plus second-degree drug possession.
Mpls. police second-in-command Arneson set to retire

Mpls. police second-in-command Arneson set to retire

Her replacement hasn't been named, officials said.
For those aging out of Twin Cities gang life, retirement isn't so easy

For those aging out of Twin Cities gang life, retirement isn't so easy

North Side gang leader says he seeks to distance himself from his criminal past. It's not easy.
Chicago Amtrak officer who killed Mpls. man charged with murder

Chicago Amtrak officer who killed Mpls. man charged with murder

LaRoyce Tankson, 31, turned himself in to authorities.
Lawyer: Minneapolis man shot by transit police in Chicago has died

Lawyer: Minneapolis man shot by transit police in Chicago has died

Family will now consider a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Family: Mpls. man shot in Chicago by Amtrak officer is paralyzed

Family: Mpls. man shot in Chicago by Amtrak officer is paralyzed

Authorities have so far released few details about the shooting.
Mpls. police: Man jailed in murder case also is suspect in April road-rage shooting

Mpls. police: Man jailed in murder case also is suspect in April road-rage shooting

A woman was shot four times in April while driving in a congested construction zone on Hennepin Avenue.
Mpls. police draw praise for nearly invisible role at recent marches

Mpls. police draw praise for nearly invisible role at recent marches

Minneapolis authorities trying to stay nonconfrontational.
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