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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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Study: American Indian women in Mpls. disproportionately drawing police attention

Study: American Indian women in Mpls. disproportionately drawing police attention

Study finds detainments in Minneapolis out of proportion to population.

One man killed, one injured in argument-turned-shooting in Minneapolis

No arrests have been made, but police say there is no threat to the public.
Partner of officer who shot Justine Damond appears before grand jury

Partner of officer who shot Justine Damond appears before grand jury

Matthew Harrity is one of as many as 40 officers called to testify, union officials said.

Charges dropped against former Minneapolis cop accused of threatening wife

Ahmed Jama was fired from the department a few months ago, his attorney said.

Minneapolis cop who fired on car takes stand in own defense

Witness testimony continues Wednesday.

Minneapolis police civilian employee cleared of felony charges from 2016 fatal crash

Destiny Xiong, 36, of Hudson, Wis. was acquitted of two of the three charges against her, her lawyer said.
Prosecutor challenges 'blue wall of silence' in Minneapolis police officer's assault trial

Prosecutor challenges 'blue wall of silence' in Minneapolis police officer's assault trial

Three Minneapolis officers changed testimony on the stand in assault case.
Trial revives questions about Mpls. police HR employee's duties

Trial revives questions about Mpls. police HR employee's duties

Staffer accused in fatal crash was allowed to keep working during probe.

Jury shown video of frenzied moments before Minneapolis officer fires weapon

The trial of Efrem Hamilton will continue on Monday morning.

Trial of Minneapolis cop who shot at occupied car begins

The jury selection process began earlier this month.

Search warrant: Minneapolis police close in on serial flasher

No arrests have been announced.
Murder charge filed in death of man who shot two Minneapolis police officers in 1979

Murder charge filed in death of man who shot two Minneapolis police officers in 1979

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday charged Ronald Bailey with second-degree murder of Riley Housley III.
Along with fans, Super Bowl attracted fraudsters, pickpockets and pranksters

Along with fans, Super Bowl attracted fraudsters, pickpockets and pranksters

One of the men arrested was a 25-year-old internet prankster, whose YouTube channel has more than 9 million subscribers.
After pomp and drama, it's game time

After pomp and drama, it's game time

Years of planning came to fruition in downtown Minneapolis today. Hours before game time, fans in green and blue jerseys took to the streets, their excitement palpable despite the frigid temps. Between the cold and Saturday snow, an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors are getting an immersive Bold North experience.
Extensive Super Bowl security has eyes everywhere

Extensive Super Bowl security has eyes everywhere

Local and federal authorities are using a high-tech security network that likely includes biometric technology like facial-recognition software, as well as license plate readers.
So nice: Crime's been down in downtown Minneapolis during Super Bowl run-up

So nice: Crime's been down in downtown Minneapolis during Super Bowl run-up

"People tend to behave with more supervision."
Super Bowl Live security firm is fired over missed checks

Super Bowl Live security firm is fired over missed checks

Background checks of workers at Super Bowl Live raise questions. Others providing security Friday night said they were unaware of the firing.
Man who shot Mpls. officers in 1979 dies under suspicious circumstances

Man who shot Mpls. officers in 1979 dies under suspicious circumstances

Medical examiners on Friday ruled Riley B. Housley's death was a homicide.
With celebrations in full swing, downtown takes on military feel

With celebrations in full swing, downtown takes on military feel

Minneapolis police say that thousands of officers from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies will be deployed around the metro.
It's game on for Super Bowl LII as Minneapolis events kick off

It's game on for Super Bowl LII as Minneapolis events kick off

Idina Menzel sang "Let It Go" as she kicked off the 10-day party.

Scaffolding collapse in North Loop injures construction worker

Six workers were working when the scaffolding at 2nd and Washington avenues N. collapsed.
Gang member convicted in crossfire killing of Mpls. grandmother

Gang member convicted in crossfire killing of Mpls. grandmother

Joshua Ezeka fired the fatal shots that killed the Minneapolis grandmother.
Postgame agony continues: Now to host a Viking-less Super Bowl

Postgame agony continues: Now to host a Viking-less Super Bowl

The agony of suffering yet another NFC championship loss quickly melted into the frustrating realization that the Twin Cities would have to host those same Eagles and their notoriously rowdy fans on Feb. 4 at Super Bowl LII.

Minneapolis Police Department picks St. Louis Park firm to screen candidates

The $540,000 contract must next be approved by the Ways and Means Committee, before going to the full City Council.
Police chief promises welcoming Super Bowl experience, not 'military occupation'

Police chief promises welcoming Super Bowl experience, not 'military occupation'

But police chief promises a "rigorous" presence.
A priest, a rabbi and an imam step onto a football field in Minneapolis...

A priest, a rabbi and an imam step onto a football field in Minneapolis...

Members of the Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Unitarian faith communities shot a video promoting solidarity among religions and more.
NFL makes up for lost time as it prepares U.S. Bank Stadium

NFL makes up for lost time as it prepares U.S. Bank Stadium

The turnaround is unusually tight after the Vikings' playoff victory over New Orleans.
Prosecution, defense debate Minneapolis grandmother killer's intent as trial opens

Prosecution, defense debate Minneapolis grandmother killer's intent as trial opens

The defendant, 21-year-old Joshua Ezeka, faces a slew of charges, including first-degree premeditated murder.
As Super Bowl nears, worries grow about downtown Mpls. parking

As Super Bowl nears, worries grow about downtown Mpls. parking

Organizers expect many visitors to take Metro Transit, use ride-sharing services.
Groups unite for Super Bowl Sunday protest march in Minneapolis

Groups unite for Super Bowl Sunday protest march in Minneapolis

The march to protest "racism and corporate greed" will start in Peavey Park and end at U.S. Bank Stadium, but organizers insisted on keeping exact route secret.
Signs of Super Bowl buildup are now showing in Minneapolis

Signs of Super Bowl buildup are now showing in Minneapolis

Workers are now installing barriers, fencing and tents in advance of the game next month.
Neighbors blast Mpls. officials for failing to quickly clean up bloody crime scene

Neighbors blast Mpls. officials for failing to quickly clean up bloody crime scene

A City Council member weighed in on the matter on Thursday.
Downtown Minneapolis employers brace for Super Bowl disruptions

Downtown Minneapolis employers brace for Super Bowl disruptions

Parking, traffic and access headaches part of the deal.

Teen carjacked after taking joyride in Minneapolis

It happened after 2:10 a.m. Wednesday near 28th Street and Pillsbury Avenue S.
Man shot by Minneapolis police after stabbing himself at City Hall makes first court appearance

Man shot by Minneapolis police after stabbing himself at City Hall makes first court appearance

Marcus Fischer's surprise hearing came after he was discharged from hospital and transferred to the county jail.
Man charged with robbing same Mpls. store 5 times in 2 months

Man charged with robbing same Mpls. store 5 times in 2 months

The suspect is being held at Hennepin County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.
As man shot by Mpls. police at City Hall awaits court date, father seeks answers

As man shot by Mpls. police at City Hall awaits court date, father seeks answers

Family has little info on Marcus Fischer's condition. An initial court appearance has been rescheduled for a third time.

Young Minneapolis girl startled by home burglar, who punches and chokes her

A 37-year-old is charged with first-degree burglary while committing assault.
After outcry, relatives of man shot by Minneapolis police demand visitation

After outcry, relatives of man shot by Minneapolis police demand visitation

Marcus Fischer's family members say they've been barred from follow-up visits.
BCA identifies officers involved in Minneapolis City Hall shooting

BCA identifies officers involved in Minneapolis City Hall shooting

The shot man, Marcus Fischer, remained hospitalized and under guard on Friday.

Police seek person who robbed, stabbed teen near south Minneapolis park

Police are trying to track down a suspect in the robbery and stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in south Minneapolis Thursday. But so far, investigators…
Officers' actions in City Hall shooting are lauded and questioned

Officers' actions in City Hall shooting are lauded and questioned

Marcus Fischer remains hospitalized after he slashed himself and was shot.

Sources: City hall shooting victim was 18-year-old suspect

Sources say 18-year-old shot by police first stabbed himself repeatedly.
Man critically wounded by officers inside Mpls. City Hall

Man critically wounded by officers inside Mpls. City Hall

The man, who has not been identified, had been brought in for questioning on a warrant, a source said. He was in critical condition Monday night.
For developers, three-month Super Bowl construction ban changes timetables

For developers, three-month Super Bowl construction ban changes timetables

Minneapolis wants roads, walks clear for Super Bowl.
Minneapolis police officers, civilians honored for outstanding actions

Minneapolis police officers, civilians honored for outstanding actions

Dozens of cops and citizens were honored for acts of heroism in 2017.

No need to worry about that helicopter hovering over downtown Mpls.

It's a TV crew filming for a Super Bowl commercial.
What football? Some see Super Bowl week as way of getting message out

What football? Some see Super Bowl week as way of getting message out

Super Bowl to draw fans, activists and heavy dose of law enforcement.
Minneapolis asks for National Guard aid with Super Bowl

Minneapolis asks for National Guard aid with Super Bowl

The Super Bowl Host Committee will cover the cost of the deployment.
Minneapolis again considers picking up cop's legal bills after acquittal

Minneapolis again considers picking up cop's legal bills after acquittal

A decision could come at Friday's City Council meeting.

Four charged with kidnapping, assault of man in Minneapolis

All four were charged with one count of second-degree assault and kidnapping, and are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Downtown Minneapolis assault suspect arrested after police circulate his photo

Downtown Minneapolis assault suspect arrested after police circulate his photo

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Tuesday morning.

2 teens shot, wounded in north Minneapolis

The shootings added to a recent spate of gun violence across the city.

6 displaced by Lake Elmo house fire

As of Saturday morning, investigators had not yet determined the cause of the blaze.

Woman shot in Minneapolis during apparent argument with cousin

She was one of three people hit by gunfire Friday across the city.
Minneapolis police teaching officers to be more compassionate

Minneapolis police teaching officers to be more compassionate

In dealing with police or the courts, people tend to remember the little things, deputy chief tells cadets during training.

St. Paul gas station employee shot, wounded during robbery

No arrests have been made in the Thanksgiving afternoon incident at a SuperAmerica on Snelling.
Minneapolis gets $1.2 million grant to hire 10 officers

Minneapolis gets $1.2 million grant to hire 10 officers

Federal grant will allow 10 hires for the department.
Activists promise week of 'resistance' in Twin Cities during Super Bowl

Activists promise week of 'resistance' in Twin Cities during Super Bowl

In what could be the first showdown with city officials leading up to the Super Bowl, a dozen community activists gathered outside Minneapolis City Hall…

Minneapolis police post data on use of force online

The use-of-force dashboard was the latest MPD data dump in recent months.
Report: Minneapolis Police Department's body-cam policy lacks adequate safeguards

Report: Minneapolis Police Department's body-cam policy lacks adequate safeguards

Allowing cops to preview tape puts people's rights at risk, nonprofit says.

Victim in south Minneapolis domestic killing had recently filed for divorce

My Huong Huynh Truong had filed for divorce, filings say.
Response times worsen for police in Minneapolis

Response times worsen for police in Minneapolis

Longer waits for help are part of a four-year pattern for the Minneapolis force.

Arrest made in Minneapolis slaying of father of 3

The 32-year-old suspect hadn't been charged as of Friday morning.
In the age of social media, conversation about crime has changed

In the age of social media, conversation about crime has changed

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have played an outsize role in shaping how we now talk about crime, researchers say.
Authorities ID couple in northeast Minneapolis murder-suicide

Authorities ID couple in northeast Minneapolis murder-suicide

Authorities on Wednesday identified a man and woman who died in a murder-suicide in northeast Minneapolis over the weekend. According to the Hennepin County medical…
14-year-old boy among six gunshot victims in Minneapolis last weekend

14-year-old boy among six gunshot victims in Minneapolis last weekend

The young victim was uncooperative, a police spokeswoman said.
Popular Minneapolis police Lt. Michael Friestleben retires

Popular Minneapolis police Lt. Michael Friestleben retires

After his transfer from the domestic violence unit, Lt. Michael Friestleben most recently served as supervisor of the night shift in southwest Minneapolis' 5th Precinct.
Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of 2 in south Minneapolis

Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of 2 in south Minneapolis

The man and woman were found dead in an apartment building Thursday afternoon.
6 arrested in K2 bust in Minneapolis after string of overdoses

6 arrested in K2 bust in Minneapolis after string of overdoses

Three of the suspects were arrested on suspicion of felony drug possession, while the other three were booked for misdemeanor offenses, police said.

Medical examiner identifies 2 recent Minneapolis homicide victims

This was the city's 35th and 36th homicide victims of 2017.
Man arrested, accused of punching Minneapolis police horse during bar close

Man arrested, accused of punching Minneapolis police horse during bar close

Attacks on the department's horses are rare, police said.
Shootings drop in Minneapolis, but rounds fired are on the rise

Shootings drop in Minneapolis, but rounds fired are on the rise

Minneapolis police say the number of rounds fired are on the rise because of a growing number of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines that are winding up in the wrong hands.
New Minneapolis police system allows public to track crime stats

New Minneapolis police system allows public to track crime stats

Dashboards enable timely public access to Mpls. statistics.
Violent 5-day stretch: 17 shot, 2 fatally, in Mpls. and St. Paul

Violent 5-day stretch: 17 shot, 2 fatally, in Mpls. and St. Paul

Tally includes two homicides in St. Paul. Police in both cities have no indication any of the shootings are connected.
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