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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…

Minneapolis to pay $40K to settle excessive force lawsuit

Resident said that three police officers beat him and detained him in his home in 2014.

Suspect tries to escape Minneapolis police station through ceiling, doesn't get far

In an escape that was long on drama but short on planning, a suspect left unattended in an interview room at Minneapolis police headquarters tried…

St. Paul man ID'd as victim in fatal gun battle turned car crash

Authorities have identified a man killed in a car crash following a rolling gun battle in Minneapolis’ Shingle Creek neighborhood earlier this week as Kelontay…
Hennepin Co. to stop using grand juries in police shooting cases

Hennepin Co. to stop using grand juries in police shooting cases

The Hennepin County Attorney's office will investigate and decide whether to file charges in such cases. The new policy applies to the Jamar Clark case.

FBI probing alleged ISIL 'kill list' for Minn. law enforcement

FBI agents are investigating the release by a group of hackers affiliated with the Islamic State group of a "kill list" for dozens of law enforcement officers across Minnesota.

Police investigating string of weekend South Side robberies in Minneapolis

Minneapolis police are investigating six robberies or attempts — including one in which a 74-year-old man was held up in broad daylight on a busy…
Mpls. won't defend officer in force lawsuit

Mpls. won't defend officer in force lawsuit

Blayne Lehner, the fired officer, is accused of kicking a man in the face.

2 Como Park students face felony charges in St. Paul teacher attack

The pair allegedly entered the classroom to assault another student over a drug deal.
As crime rises, north Mpls. cops want more officers on the streets

As crime rises, north Mpls. cops want more officers on the streets

Police inspectors in Minneapolis’ five precincts have begun lobbying for more officers to keep up with rising crime rates and looming retirements. The request for…

Man suspected in string of Mpls. bank robberies arrested, charged

Police say Aaron Yashinsky perpetrated the robberies across south Minneapolis.
Minneapolis' black police officers walk a cultural tightrope

Minneapolis' black police officers walk a cultural tightrope

Amid racial taunts, black officers are loyal to duty yet concerned for community.
Police arrest man suspected of burglarizing Minneapolis mosque

Police arrest man suspected of burglarizing Minneapolis mosque

Police doubt the suspect specifically targeted the mosque.
Minneapolis police unveil draft body-camera policy

Minneapolis police unveil draft body-camera policy

It calls for the recording of most police-citizen interactions, without addressing guidelines for making such videos public.
Minneapolis SWAT officers get new look

Minneapolis SWAT officers get new look

It's hoped that changing color of uniforms and gear will soften units' intimidating appearance.
6 people go to hospital after jumping to escape Mpls. apartment fire

6 people go to hospital after jumping to escape Mpls. apartment fire

The cause of the blaze, which burned through the building's first two floors, remains under investigation, fire officials said.
Twin Cities man admits to plotting to travel to Syria, join ISIL

Twin Cities man admits to plotting to travel to Syria, join ISIL

Abdirizak Warsame faces up to 15 years in jail.
Reappointment of Mpls. Police Chief Harteau is now in City Council's hands

Reappointment of Mpls. Police Chief Harteau is now in City Council's hands

The full council is expected to confirm another term for the city's police chief.
Minneapolis Chief Harteau's reappointment vote is delayed

Minneapolis Chief Harteau's reappointment vote is delayed

The decision to extend the public comment period to next week was intended to accommodate both Janeé Harteau's backers and opponents.
Minneapolis mayor, police chief seek federal review of Jamar Clark protest response

Minneapolis mayor, police chief seek federal review of Jamar Clark protest response

Police Chief Janeé Harteau said the department is seeking "the important insight" such an investigation could provide.

Man charged in south Minneapolis sex assault

A Minneapolis man is charged with sexually assaulting a woman as she slept in a home in south Minneapolis’ East Phillips neighborhood this month. Police…
Minneapolis police officer fired for unspecified misconduct

Minneapolis police officer fired for unspecified misconduct

Blayne Lehner is an 18-year veteran of the department. It was the second such dismissal in a week.

Minneapolis officer fired after investigation into threats made

The officer, Rod Webber, had been on paid administrative leave since a video surfaced of him berating a youth during a traffic stop.
Violent crime up in Minneapolis for the fifth year in a row

Violent crime up in Minneapolis for the fifth year in a row

But police say the five-year increase doesn't tell the entire story, since the totals are still a far cry from the days of "Murderapolis."
Black Lives Matter plans protest at Mall of America

Black Lives Matter plans protest at Mall of America

Attorney says mall will continue to ban protests.

Muslims encouraged, skeptical of Hillary Clinton's comments

Several Somali-Americans and Muslim leaders from Minnesota said they were impressed with steps that Hillary Clinton wants to take to defeat terrorism at home and…
Controversy follows Mpls. police union president

Controversy follows Mpls. police union president

Lt. Bob Kroll is outspoken in his criticism of Minneapolis officials over the Jamar Clark case.
Eagan man ordered held in federal custody on terror charges

Eagan man ordered held in federal custody on terror charges

Federal complaint says he led local group trying to go to Syria.
Ex-Minneapolis student 'Mujahid Miski' denies ties to Islamic State

Ex-Minneapolis student 'Mujahid Miski' denies ties to Islamic State

Former Roosevelt student Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, arrested in Somalia last month, vows he won't return to the U.S.
State Dept: 'Mujahid Miski' surrenders to Somali authorities

State Dept: 'Mujahid Miski' surrenders to Somali authorities

Alleged recruiter "Mujahid Miski" went to Somalia from Minnesota as a high schooler.
Fourth Precinct protests drew national names, ordinary people

Fourth Precinct protests drew national names, ordinary people

For 18 days, the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis was the epicenter of demonstrations that sprouted from the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark. Here are some of the stories from there.
Hodges, Ellison call for end to vigil; BLM protesters push back

Hodges, Ellison call for end to vigil; BLM protesters push back

Meanwhile, felony charges were filed against four men suspected of being involved in the wounding of five activists with gunfire.
Low-wage workers rally downtown for better wages, sick pay

Low-wage workers rally downtown for better wages, sick pay

Downtown Minneapolis rally staged on a busy Black Friday.
After days of unrest, hundreds gather for funeral of Jamar Clark

After days of unrest, hundreds gather for funeral of Jamar Clark

Clark's family members wore white T-shirts that read, "I Matter" as more than 300 people attended the noon service at Shiloh Temple International Ministries.
3 men in custody, 1 released in 4th Precinct protest shooting

3 men in custody, 1 released in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Protesters marched from the 4th Precinct station to downtown Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon. A 23-year-old white man was arrested in Bloomington at 11:20 a.m. Later, two more men turned themselves in. A fourth has been released.
Tensions between North Side, Mpls. police are longstanding

Tensions between North Side, Mpls. police are longstanding

Some North Side residents see Jamar Clark's shooting as the latest example of the community's strained relationship with a police force.
Protesters, police have tense night outside 4th Precinct HQ

Protesters, police have tense night outside 4th Precinct HQ

As names of officers were released earlier Wednesday, Jamar Clark's death continued to spark angry protest.
Two Mpls. officers set to speak with BCA about fatal shooting

Two Mpls. officers set to speak with BCA about fatal shooting

The head of the Minneapolis police union said Jamar Clark wasn't in handcuffs, disputing witness accounts. Another day of protests sought answers in the now-fatal shooting.
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