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Andy Mannix

Minneapolis crime and policing reporter | Minneapolis crime and policing
Phone: 612-673-4036

Andy Mannix covers Minneapolis crime and policing for the Star Tribune. 


Since joining the paper in 2016, Mannix has worked on beats reporting on Minnesota's courts and law enforcement at state, local, and federal levels, Minneapolis City Hall and issues related to criminal justice policy and prisons. In 2020, he was part of the team of reporters that covered the killing of George Floyd and aftermath, leading to the Star Tribune winning the George Polk Award and Pulitzer Prize. Mannix also teaches at the University of Minnesota journalism school, of which he's an alumnus. He holds a master's degree from University of California-Berkeley, where he focused on data-driven journalism. Prior to joining the Star Tribune, Mannix wrote about a variety of topics, such as crime, recreational marijuana and politics, for publications including The Seattle Times, MinnPost, City Pages and The Minnesota Daily. He lives in Minneapolis.
Recent content from Andy Mannix
The Rev. DeWayne Davis discussed violence prevention and intervention proposals at the Minneapolis Urban League on Monday.

Citizen's group spells out plan to overhaul Minneapolis police

Proposed reforms include improved training, creating a new community safety liaison to help oversee police, expanding the city's mental health and response programs and giving more money to violence interrupters and outreach workers helping to fight rising gun crime.
St. Paul Deputy Fire Chief Roy Mokosso at the scene of Friday’s trench collapse in Highland Park that killed two workers.

St. Paul fire crews recover bodies of two workers who died in 'dirt avalanche' in trench

Fire crews spent 12 hours digging up the bodies after what authorities are calling a tragic accident.
Police responded to the shooting Tuesday.

Authorities identify woman shot to death in north Mpls. camper

Taleen Rochelle Tana, 42, died of wounds from gunfire from another vehicle Tuesday.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman announced the new discipline matrix Monday at a news conference.

Frey announces new discipline grid for Mpls. officers who break rules

The updated discipline matrix includes a new category for infractions that will result in automatic termination.
In a letter Friday to Mayor Jacob Frey, Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero said the city already possesses the evidence to corrobo

Mpls. to return to state talks over charges of racist policing

Six weeks ago, Minneapolis leaders pledged to cooperate with the Human Rights charge of systemic racist policing. The negotiations have since taken on an adversarial tone, making the future of a court-enforceable agreement uncertain.
Andre Moore said he suffers PTSD from the treatment at the hands of cops. Shirley Pikala, left, has been like a mother to Moore and allows him to spen

Suit: In botched drug case, Mpls. police fabricated informant and evidence

A judge threw out evidence against Andre Moore in September 2020, citing police's "reckless disregard for the truth." Moore's new lawsuit says the officers falsified evidence to raid his home.
Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero

Mpls. again asks state agency for evidence of police social media spying

In a letter, the City Attorney's Office say it needs more corroborating evidence to continue negotiations over a consent decree.
J. Alexander Kueng, left, and Tou Thao

Two former MPD officers charged in George Floyd killing ask judge to delay, relocate trial

Attorneys for Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng told Judge Peter Cahill it will be impossible to select an impartial jury in a city that just days ago marked the two-year anniversary of Floyd's death.
At a news conference, Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero called a consent decree of this nature “unprecedented” in Minnesota.

Mpls. halts police reform talks, citing lack of evidence on spying

Since releasing its damning report April 27, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has refused to release underlying evidence on covert social media spying to city officials, the media or targets of the surveillance.
Jaleel Stallings

Mpls. to pay $1.5M to man police shot from unmarked van

"The goal of the civil suit was not a check," Jaleel Stallings said. "It was getting justice and accountability. And I don't feel like I've received that."
Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Kueng, center, walked out of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility Monday afternoon with his attor

Former Minneapolis police officer says judge's courtroom restrictions violate constitutional right to open trial

The attorney for J. Alexander Kueng objected to an order to keep the public out of the courtroom.
The Minneapolis City Council agreed to pay $133,600 to former Minneapolis police officer Colleen Ryan, left, and $70,000 to former Deputy Chief Art Kn

Mpls. to pay $200K to settle complaints by former officers

Colleen Ryan alleged she was denied promotion because she's an openly gay woman, while former Deputy Chief Art Knight alleged his demotion was retaliatory.
In April, Minneapolis City Council Member LaTrisha Vetaw addressed participants at a community listening session she hosted to hear citizen concerns a

What do Mpls. residents want in next police chief? Integrity, public safety, accountability

Some want internal reform. Others say gun violence should be the top priority. They all agree that picking the next police chief is among the most important decisions Minneapolis will make in 2022.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger spoke Tuesday about how law enforcement will be dealing with violent crime across the Twin Cities.

Minnesota's top federal prosecutor announces crackdown on carjackings, guns, gangs

Responding to the recent crime wave in the Twin Cities, Andy Luger said he will devote all criminal prosecutors in his office to violent crime cases.
Colleen Larson

2 charged in ambush shooting of Mpls. police employee near child-care center

Prosecutors say Timothy Amacher and Colleen Larson plotted to shoot Nicole Lenway, leaving her badly injured, after a custody battle.
The safety-net hospital system, based in downtown Minneapolis, is responsible for some of the Twin Cities’ most vulnerable patient populations.

FDA won't disqualify HCMC doctors from research over sedative studies

The FDA denied a petition to take harsh action against doctors who subjected patients to "significantly increased risk" in experimental drug research.
In this Star Tribune file photo, police officers deploy to disperse protesters in the Target parking lot near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, fol

Dept. of Human Rights report on MPD: A decade of leadership failed in proper police oversight

Investigators say elected officials and top police brass didn't do enough to stop a pattern of racist policing.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other city leaders held a news conference Wednesday on the Minnesota Department of Human Rights findings.

Frey calls rights report's findings 'repugnant, at times horrific'

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation found the Police Department has violated the civil rights law, and multiple iterations of city leaders failed to hold officers accountable for misconduct.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill addressed the court in April 2021 during the Derek Chauvin trial.

Trial of 3 former officers in Floyd death won't be livestreamed

With COVID-19 restrictions loosening, Judge Peter Cahill ruled Minnesota law doesn't support the option of broadcasting the trial.
Woman shot outside Minneapolis day care is MPD forensic scientist

Woman shot outside Minneapolis day care is MPD forensic scientist

The shooting is being investigated as a domestic assault, according to sources familiar with the incident.
Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, center, with Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson, left, and Associate Justice Natalie E.

Minnesota Supreme Court to review ruling on Minneapolis police staffing

The case arises from a complaint by North Side residents, who say elected officials violated the city's charter.
Police shot Samantha Wright in the face with a less-lethal projectile on May 30, 2020, leaving her with permanent eye damage.

Minneapolis approves $1.8 million in payouts for two protesters shot with projectiles

Both lawsuits said the women were protesting peacefully when police shot them in the face with 'less-lethal' munitions.
Before the sentencing, clergy members seeking restorative justice, including Imam Omar Mohamed, imam of Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center, Bloomington, spo

After pleas for leniency, mosque bombers receive 14, 16 years

The judge said their "substantial assistance" allowed the sentences of less than half of the 35-year statutory minimums in the domestic terror case.
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

Judge undecided on allowing cameras at state trial of ex-Mpls. officers

In a pretrial hearing, prosecutors said the three defendants rejected a recent plea offer.
Law enforcement investigated the site of an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., in August 2017.

Minn. mosque bombers ask for leniency, cite testimony on militia leader

Sentencing for Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris is scheduled for Tuesday.
Amir Locke was killed by Minneapolis police while carrying out a no-knock warrant.

Mpls. officer who fatally shot Amir Locke won't be charged

The announcement comes after the February shooting of Locke, who was not the subject of the search warrant.
Minneapolis police can no longer apply for or execute unannounced search warrants, even when assisting other law enforcement agencies, according to a

Mpls. police will no longer be able to use no-knock warrants

Officers must announce their presence and wait 20 seconds during the day, and 30 seconds at night, before entering, unless under "exigent circumstances."
Dr. Jeffrey Ho is among at least three doctors at the hospital who have worked side jobs in law enforcement, a dual expertise placing him in a researc

Cop or doctor? In hospital's new policy, physicians must choose

The decision to ban Hennepin Healthcare staff from moonlighting as law enforcement marks a change of course for the medical system and has prompted at least one doctor to choose policing over the hospital.
Aaron Broussard

Hopkins man guilty in conspiracy to sell drugs online that resulted in 11 fatal overdoses, including U professor

A federal jury found Aaron Broussard guilty on all 17 counts.
Aaron Broussard

Jury hears closing arguments in trial of Hopkins man accused of killing 11 people in online drug conspiracy

Prosecutors say Aaron Broussard sold a knockoff Adderall mixture he bought from China, which his customers were unaware contained fentanyl.
Keegan “KJ” Rolenc worked out in a Brooklyn Center gym in March 2020. A federal judge has dismissed felony gun and drug charges against him after

Judge rules Mpls. police illegally searched Frey staffer's car

Gun, drug charges dismissed because evidence didn't support the officers' claim of smelling marijuana during a traffic stop, she found.
Abigail Cerra resigned her post as chair of the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission, citing frustrations with an ineffectual process.

Head of Minneapolis police oversight commission resigns

Abigail Cerra, chair of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, said a combination of passivity and active resistance within the city made the work futile.
Police have left the department in droves over the past two years.

Panel: Mpls. didn't violate 'minimum-staffing' for cops

The three-judge appeals panel said the charter requires the city to fund a baseline of officers, but the mayor had discretion over how many to employ.
A long-awaited report is expected to provide insight into how Minneapolis agencies responded to the historic protests and unrest that followed George

Report: Mpls. failed to follow emergency protocols during protests, riots

Chad McGinty, a former law enforcement officer who worked on the review, described a breakdown of "critical" communication among government agencies during the unrest that left first responders with "limited" guidance.
A city plow cleared NE 27th Street in northeast Minneapolis in 2016. Saturday night’s mix of snow and ice has prompted Minneapolis to declare a snow

Minneapolis, St. Paul declare snow emergencies after sloppy March storm

The warm-up last week was a trap. It's still winter.
One dead, three injured after south Minneapolis shooting

One dead, three injured after south Minneapolis shooting

Police say they have not arrested anyone in the early-morning shooting, which occurred in the Whittier neighborhood.
The safety-net hospital system, based in downtown Minneapolis, responds to tens of thousands of emergency EMS calls every year, including in some of t

Hennepin commissioner calls on HCMC to fire employees over racist photos

In an interview Thursday, Hennepin Healthcare leaders said they're implementing new training to change the organization's culture. "We wish there was a playbook," said the CEO.
The safety-net hospital system, based in downtown Minneapolis, responds to tens of thousands of emergency EMS calls every year, including in some of t

HCMC promised to change. Then came the blackface photos

Some employees say the response will test leadership's commitment to change, following a series of incidents that have exacerbated racial tensions inside the hospital system.
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

State trial's fate hangs in balance after guilty verdict for ex-Mpls. officers

Former prosecutor says judge has wide latitude and will look to Derek Chauvin's sentence.
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

3 former Mpls. officers guilty on all counts related to Floyd's death

J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao were convicted by a federal jury Thursday of depriving George Floyd of his constitutional rights during the fatal restraint outside Cup Foods on May 25, 2020.
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

Jury wraps up first day of deliberating federal civil rights case against 3 ex-Minneapolis officers in George Floyd death

The all-white jury began deliberating shortly before 10 a.m., resumes Thursday.
FILE In this courtroom sketch, from left, former Minneapolis police Officer Tou Thao, attorney Robert Paule, attorney Natalie Paule, attorney Tom Plun

In closing arguments at trial of 3 former officers, attorneys spar over 'willful' intent and 'politics' of policing

The case will go to the jury on Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, the attorneys delivered closing remarks in a case where training is central to both sides. In separate final arguments, all three defense

Defense of ex-officers puts Mpls. 'paramilitary' training on trial

Attorneys for the three men say they shouldn't be held liable for poor training, toxic culture.
Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, right, entered the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility with his attorney Earl Gray, left, during a p

After Lane takes stand, testimony wraps in trial of three ex-MPD officers

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane took the witness stand in his own defense, describing George Floyd as "handcuffed and out of control" early in the arrest that ended in his death.
In this courtroom sketch, former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Kueng testified Wednesday in St. Paul.

Kueng says he saw no 'serious medical need' when Floyd fell unresponsive

J. Alexander Kueng's testimony continued in the federal civil rights trial of the three former officers charged in George Floyd's death.
In this courtroom sketch, former Minneapolis Police Officer J. Alexander Kueng testified Wednesday during his trial in the killing of George Floyd in

Kueng felt he 'had no control' with trying to get Floyd in squad

Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Kueng told a federal jury he'd never encountered such a difficult struggle as when he tried to push George Floyd into a squad car on May 25, 2020.
A screenshot from a training video shows that although Minneapolis police no longer use the term “excited delirium,” it’s still included in trai

Frey says HCMC doctor failed to follow 'excited delirium' training directive

Leadership for the hospital issued an apology Monday and pledged to review medical contract with police.
A screenshot from a training video shows that although Minneapolis police no longer use the term “excited delirium,” how to manage it is still bei

MPD teaching controversial 'excited delirium' despite claiming it had stopped

A group of doctors say "excited delirium" syndrome is a diagnosis based on shoddy research. This month, the Police Department and Mayor Jacob Frey's office claimed that the city stopped teaching the concept last year, but a training video suggests otherwise.
In this courtroom sketch, from left, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, attorney Robert Paule, attorney Natalie Paule, attorney Tom Plunkett,

Officers 'inconsistent' with medical training when they detained George Floyd, says police trainer

The defense questions whether police are trained to restrain people to save their lives when experiencing "excited delirium."
Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, right, with his attorney Earl Gray, left, in 2020.

Civil rights trial against ex-Minneapolis cops postponed by COVID diagnosis

The federal trial was abruptly recessed on Wednesday and is postponed until Monday after one of the officers tested positive for COVID-19.
In this courtroom sketch, from left, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, attorney Robert Paule, attorney Natalie Paule, attorney Tom Plunkett,

Defense asks medical examiner about outside pressures during George Floyd death investigation

Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker says the the officers' prolonged restraint killed Floyd and that his office is nonpolitical.
In this courtroom sketch, from left, former Minneapolis police Officer Tou Thou, attorney Robert Paule, attorney Natalie Paule, attorney Tom Punkett,

Mpls. police trained to ignore city report on ketamine, testimony says

In the trial of three former officers, training on "excited delirium" is becoming central to their defense argument. But an police inspector said they train officers to ignore a critical report.
In this courtroom sketch, from left, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, attorney Robert Paule, attorney Natalie Paule, attorney Tom Plunkett,

MPD culture, training kept rookie officer from intervening in Floyd death, attorney says

Attorney Thomas Plunkett also suggested the department trains an "us vs. them" culture from the academy that would prevent officers from stepping in during an arrest.
In this courtroom sketch, from left, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, attorney Robert Paule, attorney Natalie Paule, attorney Tom Punkett,

Minneapolis police inspector testifies of training protocol in civil rights trial

Katie Blackwell said the training includes medical components.
A sketch from opening statements in federal court on Monday.

'I think they killed him:' Off-duty firefighter testifies of futile attempts to help unresponsive George Floyd

Witnesses on scene that day continue to take stand.
Christopher Martin, now a 20-year-old college student, testified about working the evening shift on May 25, 2020, when Floyd came into the store.

Cup Foods clerk tells jurors of events leading to killing

Court began Tuesday with footage of George Floyd's final moments from the perspective of one of the police officers who helped hold him down.
In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha Bates makes opening arguments during the trial for three former Minneapolis police officer

At least one officer will testify in federal trial of 3 ex-cops

Earl Gray, attorney for Thomas Lane, said the former Minneapolis police officer will take the stand in the civil rights trial stemming from the killing of George Floyd.
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

What you need to know about federal trial this week of 3 ex-officers in George Floyd's death

Opening statements are set to begin Monday.
A vigil in Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park hours after three men were convicted of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder in November 2021.

In light of the Ahmaud Arbery murder, what is Minnesota's citizen's arrest law?

State law allows people to make an arrest in certain situations. But doing so carries many risks.
In this courtroom sketch, three former Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd appear in federal court on Jan. 11 in St. Paul.

Federal trial for 3 ex-officers will differ from Chauvin's state trial

Jury selection begins Thursday. Prosecutors face greater challenges in proving guilt.
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Prosecutors say barring witnesses in case against former officers deprives them of fair trial

Judge Paul Magnuson asked the attorneys to speed up their cases in the interest of avoiding a COVID-19 outbreak that would upend the trial.
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

Judge in trial of three former Minneapolis officers worries it could be upended by virus

Judge asked attorneys to hasten the pace, warning of the spread of the virus
From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

Both sides ask for delay in state trial for three former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd's death

The officers face federal and state trials this year in connection to the killing of George Floyd.
The homicide scene in north Minneapolis where a 25-year-old man was shot at a market on Glenwood Ave., the third murder in a 24-hour period in Septemb

Mpls. closes in on homicide milestone at end of violent year

As 2021 comes to a close, shootings are up by every metric, and the city nears the homicide record set in 1995.
Military and security around downtown watched as protesters marched after the Derek Chauvin case went to the jury at the Hennepin Government Center on

Before Chauvin trial, feds warned of cyberattacks, white supremacist violence

Declassified intelligence briefings show that law enforcement authorities were on high alert.
Sarah Jean Elwood

Twin Cities woman pleads guilty to 'straw purchase' of nearly 100 guns for black-market buyers

Elwood and her fiancé likely face 70 to 87 months in prison for the straw purchase scheme.
A screen grab from video from an officer’s body-worn camera during a July 2020 arrest at JJ Chicken and Fish.

Lawsuit: After Mpls. police kicked suspect, officer's father helped clear him of wrongdoing

City attorney says allegations of brutality and conspiracy are vague or without evidence.
In this image taken from video, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin addressed the court as Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill pr

Chauvin pleads guilty to civil rights charges in Floyd's killing

The former Minneapolis police officer agreed to a plea deal that recommends he serve 25 years, instead of life, in a federal prison.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, seen June 25, plans to change his plea in a federal civil rights case, according to a Monday court fi

Derek Chauvin to change plea in federal civil rights case

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is facing federal charges that he abused his position of power to violate the civil rights of George Floyd. Chauvin is serving a state sentence for the Floyd's murder.
Andrew Luger, on a course to be Minnesota’s next U.S. Attorney, faces a starkly difference landscape if his nomination is confirmed.

U.S. attorney nominee faces quandary on police probe

Andy Luger has been representing the city of Minneapolis in the Justice Department's pattern and practice investigation into the police.
Former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Civil rights trial for ex-cops in George Floyd killing on track for mid-January

Signaling a grueling selection process to come, a questionnaire asks potential jurors for their views on Black Lives Matter, Minneapolis police and Derek Chauvin's prior conviction.
Former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Former Minneapolis officers should be tried together in federal case, says magistrate judge

The magistrate denied motions from three officers who wanted to be tried separately from Derek Chauvin.
North metro shootings leave two injured; 1 arrested in Brooklyn Park

North metro shootings leave two injured; 1 arrested in Brooklyn Park

A shooting in Brooklyn Park on Saturday night left one man with numerous gunshot wounds and a suspect still at large, police say.Officers were called…
Randall Smith told the Star Tribune he planned to open his own car-detailing business. Smith was shot on the south end of downtown Minneapolis on Wedn

Randall Smith ID'd as Minneapolis homicide victim, was entrepreneur and civil rights activist

The manager of All Square restaurant died in a hospital from gunshot wounds last week.
Vanessa Edwards, 13, pets Rocko after he returned home from surgery on his gunshot wounds. Edwards witnessed the shooting of her dogs from the upstair

Court: Minneapolis cop who shot service dogs won't be shielded by qualified immunity

An appeals court panel says officer Michael Mays acted unreasonably when he jumped a privacy fence in 2017 and shot two service dogs that greeted him.