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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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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.

Police seek home-invasion suspect who tied up victims, ransacked Minneapolis house

Cash was stolen in south Minneapolis incident.
Birdell Beeks, 56, who was killed when an errant bullet struck her as she sat in her minivan in north Minneapolis in May 2016.

Trial in Minneapolis grandmother's murder highlights dangers for witnesses to testify

As killer of Birdell Beeks faces sentencing Monday, the toll on witnesses raises concerns.

Hennepin County jury awards $15 million to rail worker who inhaled noxious fumes

The employee claimed he suffered neurological damage from an oil leak. BNSF will appeal.

Charges: Brothers' dispute led to deadly gunfire exchange in north Minneapolis

Antonio Clark is accused of killing his younger brother, Anthony Clark.

Police arrest man in Minneapolis slaying of brother

The suspect is being held without bail in Hennepin County jail.

Police investigate home invasion in south Minneapolis

Police are looking for a robber who broke into a south Minneapolis home Monday afternoon, threatened two men at gunpoint and left one man injured.
Minneapolis police car.

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

Detainments are out of proportion to population, St. Kate's research shows.

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 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.
Judge Fred Karasov, shown in December, is overseeing the case.

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

Three Minneapolis officers changed testimony on the stand in assault case.
Minneapolis Police Union President Bob Kroll

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.
Riley B. Housley III in 1980.

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.
Some Super Bowl attendees were sold fake tickets outside U.S. Bank Stadium and others were the target of pickpockets inside.

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.
A New England Patriots fan showed off her fingernails in the stands Sunday at U.S.Bank Stadium before the start of Super Bowl LII.

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.
The Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC) sits in a secret location near U.S. Bank Stadium and houses local, state and federal law enforcement agencies w

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.
Bearded military personnel kept an eye out from a tent on the roof of the Minneapolis Convention Center this week during Super Bowl festivities.

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

"People tend to behave with more supervision."
A crowd walked through the Super Bowl Live events on Nicollet Mall on Friday night in Minneapolis.

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.
Riley B. Housley III in 1980.

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

Medical examiners on Friday ruled Riley B. Housley's death was a homicide.
Military police in humvees guard the entrance to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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.
Idina Menzel sang "Let It Go" on Nicollet Mall on Friday night in downtown Minneapolis.

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.
Birdell Beeks, 56, who was killed when an errant bullet struck her as she sat in her minivan in north Minneapolis in May 2016.

Gang member convicted in crossfire killing of Mpls. grandmother

Joshua Ezeka fired the fatal shots that killed the Minneapolis grandmother.
Gavin Smith and his dad, Quentin Smith, rear, reacted to a play in the second quarter of the Vikings-Eagles game.

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.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey listened as Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo spoke to the media Thursday at North Market.

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

But police chief promises a "rigorous" presence.
Local religious leaders, including Archbishop Bernard Hebda, center, cheered on those that were throwing a football for the filming of a commercial fe

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.
Vikings logos have been erased from the stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl. Work started right after Sunday’s win over New Orleans.

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.
Minneapolis police have announced an arrest in the May 2016 drive-by shooting death of 58-year-old Birdell Beeks.

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.
Minneapolis officials said an estimated 65,000 spots will be available to Super Bowl visitors, of which roughly 4,000 are city-owned metered spaces an

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

Organizers expect many visitors to take Metro Transit, use ride-sharing services.
Activist Jess Sundin, shown in 2011, and her Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar Clark will join a loose coalition of 12 groups for a protest marc

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 the Super Bowl buildup are starting to appear, including temporary construction at the Commons outside of U.S. Bank Stadium.

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.
Days after a Jan. 1 slaying, blood remained on the ground in north Minneapolis. Some neighbors decried the lack of cleanup by the city.

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

A City Council member weighed in on the matter on Thursday.
A Superbowl LII ice sculpture outside the IDS Crystal Court 100 days before the Super Bowl .

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.
Marcus Fischer

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.
Jamye Davis

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.
Eric Fischer, father of Marcus Fischer, who was shot and wounded by Minneapolis police this week, spoke Friday at a small protest.

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.
Supporters of Marcus Fischer, including his father, Eric Fischer, in knitted Minnesota hat, headed toward Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s of

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.
Eric Fischer, father of Marcus Fischer, who was shot and wounded by Minneapolis police this week, spoke Friday at a small protest.

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…
Police set up crime scene tape outside a Minneapolis police room at Minneapolis City Hall on Monday.

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.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addressed reporters Monday night after the shooting at 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.
Construction work on Nicollet Mall during late summer.

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

Minneapolis wants roads, walks clear for Super Bowl.
Dozens of Minneapolis police officers and civilians received awards for bravery and lifesaving efforts Monday.

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.
Unlike at many other Super Bowl venues, surrounded by acres of asphalt in out-of-the-way locations, the cramped urban setting of U.S. Bank Stadium cou

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.
Super Bowl LII volunteers attended orientation last month.

Minneapolis asks for National Guard aid with Super Bowl

The Super Bowl Host Committee will cover the cost of the deployment.
Minneapolis police officer Michael Griffin, right, was accompanied by his attorney, Ryan Kaess, as he left court in May 2015.

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.
Police are seeking this suspect in a violent assault that left his victim critically injured.

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 Deputy Police Chief Art Knight said officers need 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.
Inspector Mike Friestleben of the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct visits students at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis

Minneapolis gets $1.2 million grant to hire 10 officers

Federal grant will allow 10 hires for the department.
U.S. Bank Stadium will host the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018.

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.
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