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Probe launched over Mpls. police union leader's promise of steak dinners for extra patrols

Probe launched over Mpls. police union leader's promise of steak dinners for extra patrols

Police union President Bob Kroll has frequently sparred with department brass in recent months over the direction of the department.

FBI joins investigation into June shooting of Somali-American men

Anthony Sawina is charged with firing into the men's windshield after Ramadan prayers.

13 struck by gunfire in a weekend of violence in Minneapolis

No arrests in Minneapolis shootings; five were wounded at North Side townhouses.

Lawn mower dispute preceded Minneapolis neighbors' deadly encounter

A neighbor who allegedly returned Edward Holzinger's lawn mower broken was shot not longer after offering Holzinger one of the burgers he was grilling, police say.

In Minneapolis, civilian police oversight group strives to be heard

Mpls. panel frustrated at lack of influence on police.

Man shot Sunday in north Minneapolis has died

A man shot several times Sunday in north Minneapolis has died, police said Tuesday. Michael Polk, 32, of Minneapolis, and another man were found in…
Minneapolis police reveal changes to use of force policy

Minneapolis police reveal changes to use of force policy

The policy also now adds a "sanctity of life" clause with a greater emphasis on de-escalation of situations.
North Minneapolis drive-by shooting kills young man on bike

North Minneapolis drive-by shooting kills young man on bike

Police have yet to say what led to the gunfire.

Violent crime drops in Mpls., but shootings still prevalent

Police see downturn, but incidents are "intolerable" on North Side and increasing in Fifth Precinct.
St. Paul police: 17-year-old shot to death near Crosby Farm Regional Park

St. Paul police: 17-year-old shot to death near Crosby Farm Regional Park

Police say the shooting occurred about 9:45 p.m. at a house in the Highland Park neighborhood. No arrests have been made.

Man faces felony charges for threatening to kill former colleagues via Facebook, texts

Frankie Davis initiated the threats via Facebook and text, the charges say.
Dozens arrested, more overnight, near governor's residence

Dozens arrested, more overnight, near governor's residence

After a long day of conflict between demonstrators and police at the governor's residence in St. Paul, Summit Avenue seesawed between being open and closed before police shut it down.

Prosecutors defer charges in death of Le'Vonte Jones, case still under investigation

The case remains under investigation.

Lauderdale man charged with shooting at 5 Somali men heading to prayers

Anthony Sawina, of Lauderdale, was charged with five counts of second-degree assault and is being held in Hennepin County jail in lieu of $750,000 bail, authorities said.
Minneapolis police seek public's help in Susan Spiller slaying investigation

Minneapolis police seek public's help in Susan Spiller slaying investigation

Officers found Susan Spiller beaten to death at her home last July.
Twin Cities police officers doubling up for safety

Twin Cities police officers doubling up for safety

After the first of two ambush slayings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek gave new marching orders…
Minneapolis police: All officers to be issued body cameras by mid-October

Minneapolis police: All officers to be issued body cameras by mid-October

Police patrolling downtown and the North Side will be fully equipped by week's end.
Dad charged in connection with fatal drive-by shooting of son

Dad charged in connection with fatal drive-by shooting of son

The father of a 2-year-old boy who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Minneapolis last week has been arrested on charges stemming from the incident, authorities said.
Philando Castile's mom asks for no protests at son's funeral

Philando Castile's mom asks for no protests at son's funeral

Philando Castile's mother and sister opened up about their shock and grief since his violent death last Wednesday. A lawyer for the family says a lawsuit is imminent.

Three charged in July 7 slaying of Minneapolis man during robbery attempt

Three men were charged Monday in connection with the slaying of a 52-year-old man during a robbery attempt in south Minneapolis last week, authorities said.The…
Quiet, unassuming Philando Castile was 'like Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks'

Quiet, unassuming Philando Castile was 'like Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks'

A few months after graduating from St. Paul’s Central High School, where he excelled in the classroom and rarely got in trouble, Philando Castile landed…

Charges: Man says 'God made me do it' after fatal Minneapolis shooting

The suspect allegedly told police that "God told me to kill him."
Organizer with trust, street cred works to alter north Mpls. lives

Organizer with trust, street cred works to alter north Mpls. lives

One-time gang member Ferome Brown seeks North Side healing, dispensing his brand of street therapy in the aftermath of shootings.

Brooklyn Park man, 26, charged in south Minneapolis apartment slaying

The suspect, DaQuan Bradley, was charged with second-degree murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Mpls. police chief announces new shakeup of command staff

Mpls. police chief announces new shakeup of command staff

Among the moves announced Tuesday was the demotion of Michael Friestleben, the well-liked inspector of the Fourth Precinct.
No charges for U wrestlers, Robinson in Xanax drug case

No charges for U wrestlers, Robinson in Xanax drug case

County attorney says evidence insufficient, but U is still investigating wrestlers, coach.
Woman fatally shot in back and found in N. Mpls. is identified

Woman fatally shot in back and found in N. Mpls. is identified

No arrests have been made in the killing of Coshaye Brown.

'Snitch' factor frustrates police in crime-hit Mpls. neighborhoods

Experts say the stigma of cooperating with the police inhibits witnesses.

Challenge to drug charge questions legality of cavity searches

Attorneys for the defendant say his civil rights were violated.
Obituary: Pete Gaylord, a force behind fantasy games

Obituary: Pete Gaylord, a force behind fantasy games

For the better part of 30 years, Pete Gaylord made his living sorting mail and answering phones at the downtown St. Paul post office. But…

Shooting victim ID'd as brother of artist recently killed in crash

A man fatally shot in north Minneapolis Thursday night was the brother of a popular poet and activist who died in April when a car crossed a freeway median and hit his vehicle.

Police look for a gang link in Minneapolis shooting of 4 women in early June

One woman who was pregnant lost the fetus.

Cyclist charged with assault after puncturing Minneapolis officer's tires

The suspect, John Sawchak, was charged with second-degree assault and held in lieu of $70,000 bail.
In electronic era, stalkers, abusers can be hard to track

In electronic era, stalkers, abusers can be hard to track

With new messaging tools at their disposal, it's becoming harder to prosecute violators, advocates say.

Arrest made in downtown Minneapolis stabbing captured on video

The 32-year-old female suspect was being held without bail on suspicion of assault.
For Somali-Americans, verdicts are discouraging

For Somali-Americans, verdicts are discouraging

Some say trial was rushed, while others worry other young people will be entrapped.
Feds decide no civil rights charges in Jamar Clark's death

Feds decide no civil rights charges in Jamar Clark's death

Federal authorities said there are not sufficient grounds for bringing charges of civil rights violations against two Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot Clark.
Grandmother shot, killed was a North Side force for kindness

Grandmother shot, killed was a North Side force for kindness

Family struggled to make sense of the loss of Birdell Beeks, who was driving with her grandchild. "I lost my second mom," a nephew said.
As killings plague North Side, no concrete solution is in sight

As killings plague North Side, no concrete solution is in sight

If Minneapolis has a plan to address a violent surge, it hasn't been shared.

Driver killed after Minneapolis chase, crash into building identified

Authorities on Thursday identified a man killed when the car he was driving crashed into a Minneapolis building earlier this week, reportedly as he fled…
Woman, 23, fatally stabbed in Eden Prairie in apparent domestic attack

Woman, 23, fatally stabbed in Eden Prairie in apparent domestic attack

The victim's husband turned himself in a couple of hours after the attack following a metrowide manhunt. With him were two small children.
Authorities seek help in search for missing U student

Authorities seek help in search for missing U student

The student, David Michael Miller, was last seen on campus on Tuesday evening.
Retaliation possibly behind fatal gunfire in north Mpls.

Retaliation possibly behind fatal gunfire in north Mpls.

Police investigating the fatal shooting of a young man Wednesday afternoon found 45 bullet casings near Olson Highway and Penn Avenue N.
St. Paul Police kill man in shootout near impound lot

St. Paul Police kill man in shootout near impound lot

Police were called to the 100 block of Acker Street around 3:30 a.m. on a report of a man with a gun walking with a woman. Police confronted the suspect and then a hail of gunfire erupted.
Minneapolis police officers face accusations of 'slowdown'

Minneapolis police officers face accusations of 'slowdown'

Contentious questions are raised as stop and arrest rates drop dramatically, especially in the Fourth Precinct on the North Side.
Minneapolis girl, 10, struck by stray gunfire

Minneapolis girl, 10, struck by stray gunfire

It was one of several shootings over the past two days.
Police: Gangs behind North Side shooting that killed 1, injured 7

Police: Gangs behind North Side shooting that killed 1, injured 7

A video shot at the scene that is circulating on Facebook shows several young males mugging for the camera and flashing what appear to be gang signs. After nearly a minute, the pop-pop-pop of gunfire interrupts the antics on the street and keeps going for nearly 10 seconds.
Minneapolis Fourth Precinct inspector placed on leave for unspecified reasons

Minneapolis Fourth Precinct inspector placed on leave for unspecified reasons

Mpls. police chief says Inspector Friestleben is on leave due to an "internal personnel matter."
Feb. 7: North Side police commander draws on lessons learned on the beat

Feb. 7: North Side police commander draws on lessons learned on the beat

Three months after Jamar Clark was shot to death, the task of soothing racial tensions and restoring the confidence of the rank-and-file officers falls to Mike Friestleben.

Man charged with string of Minneapolis nursing home burglaries

The suspect faces charges of first- and second-degree burglary in the crimes, which authorities say date to early February.

Lawsuit over Minneapolis police officer who's cost city $320,000 is settled

The out-of-court settlement brings to a close the latest legal entanglement for Tyrone Barze Jr.

Four people shot in north Minneapolis, continuing gun violence surge

96 people have been hit by gunfire in city this year.

Woman charged in north Minneapolis hit-and-run caught on tape

The suspect faces first- and second-degree charges in connection with the April 14 incident.

Minneapolis police pursuing leads in young woman's shooting death

Victoria Ann Day's body was found lying in an alley.
Jurors clear Mpls. officer Michael Griffin of most charges

Jurors clear Mpls. officer Michael Griffin of most charges

Jurors deliberated 3½ days before reaching their decision on abuse of force and perjury charges.
Mpls. shootings, driven by North Side, are up sharply this year

Mpls. shootings, driven by North Side, are up sharply this year

Across Minneapolis, shootings are up 85 percent compared with the first quarter of 2015.
Jurors to resume deliberations Monday in Minneapolis police officer's trial

Jurors to resume deliberations Monday in Minneapolis police officer's trial

A federal jury hearing the assault and perjury case against Minneapolis police officer Michael Griffin recessed for the weekend without reaching a verdict. They will…
Jury in trial of Minneapolis police officer breaks without a verdict

Jury in trial of Minneapolis police officer breaks without a verdict

The panel weighing charges against officer Michael Griffin will resume deliberations on Friday in federal court in St. Paul.

On a single day, 9 robberies across Minneapolis

The robberies represent a jump in serious crimes citywide.

$1.5 million bail set for man in St. Paul law clerk slaying

Ryan D. Peterson's next court date was set for May 9.
Minneapolis officer's trial debates a second fight downtown

Minneapolis officer's trial debates a second fight downtown

Once again, testimony conflicts on who was the aggressor, this time in a 2011 incident with four men that involved a roundhouse kick by Michael Griffin.

Mpls. police arrest two in North Side slaying amid rise in shootings

Derrick Mack of Brooklyn Park was killed March 26.
Mpls. police officer said he was not aggressor in downtown assault

Mpls. police officer said he was not aggressor in downtown assault

On day three of testimony in Michael Griffin's federal trial, jurors heard his own words.
Club worker says off-duty Mpls. officer was aggressor before assault

Club worker says off-duty Mpls. officer was aggressor before assault

Security camera footage played in court appears to show the off-duty police officer knocking a man to the ground with a punch.
Jurors hear opening statements in Minneapolis officer's abuse of force, perjury trial

Jurors hear opening statements in Minneapolis officer's abuse of force, perjury trial

Prosecutors cast Michael Griffin as a rogue cop while the defense said other men provoked him.
Vikings' Tom Johnson sues Minneapolis police officers for 2014 arrest

Vikings' Tom Johnson sues Minneapolis police officers for 2014 arrest

Johnson alleges that staff at Seven, a downtown nightclub, had singled him out merely because of the boots he was wearing.
Opening arguments to begin in Minneapolis cop's abuse of force, perjury trial

Opening arguments to begin in Minneapolis cop's abuse of force, perjury trial

Michael Griffin indicted on nine counts involving alleged abuse of 4 men.
Could Jamar Clark's shooting by police have been avoided?

Could Jamar Clark's shooting by police have been avoided?

Takedown move and struggle came amid major nationwide shift in police tactics.

4 shot across Minneapolis on Wednesday, continuing violent surge

Police statistics show 59 people were shot in the city from the start of the year to March 28, the last date for which reliable data were available. During the same period last year, the city recorded nearly half that total — 31.
North Siders await decision today on Jamar Clark shooting

North Siders await decision today on Jamar Clark shooting

The stakes are highest on the North Side, where many residents fear a decision not to indict the officers in the death of Clark is a foregone conclusion.

At least five struck by gunfire over weekend in north Minneapolis

Victims include an 18-year-old shot dead about noon Saturday.
Activists decry police chief's warning as Clark decision looms

Activists decry police chief's warning as Clark decision looms

A coalition of civil rights groups called for a rally and march Saturday in Minneapolis, ahead of a pending decision about whether to prosecute police in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.
As Clark decision looms, police say violence won't be tolerated

As Clark decision looms, police say violence won't be tolerated

A 10 a.m. news conference is planned by the Minneapolis NAACP, the Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and Black Clergy United for Change.
Two more arrested, robbery charges filed in St. Paul double homicide

Two more arrested, robbery charges filed in St. Paul double homicide

Victims Nicholas Bennett Tousley, 30, and Dominque Charles Moss, 23, bled to death at the scene from gunshot wounds to the back, police said.

Man who used gun-shaped cigarette lighter charged with Minneapolis robbery

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with robbing a woman earlier this week using a gun-shaped cigarette lighter, authorities said. The man, Luis…
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