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Libor Jany

Reporter | Minneapolis Public Safety
Phone: 612-673-4064

Libor Jany is the Minneapolis crime reporter for the Star Tribune. He joined the newspaper in 2013, after stints in newsrooms in Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Mississippi. He spent his first year working out of the paper's Washington County bureau, focusing on transportation and education issues, before moving to the Dakota County team.


Jany got his start in journalism in the sports department of his hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He attended Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Ore.) and Mississippi State University, majoring in communications with a minor in sociology. In his free time, he likes traveling, having visited 25 countries on six continents, including Pakistan in the summer of 2017. He was born in Czechoslovakia, and has lived in Gabon, France and seven U.S. states.
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The Minneapolis police Third Precinct was looted and torched during last summer’s civil unrest. Authorities say equipment and files were taken from

How did Derek Chauvin's Taser end up at a traffic stop in Burnsville?

The specifics of how and when the device was taken have not been disclosed publicly.
Minneapolis police on Friday continued their search for a suspect they say shot and seriously wounded a 13-year-old male the day before at a Jordan ne

Minneapolis police seek suspect in shooting that seriously injured 13-year-old

No arrests had been made as of Friday morning.
Dr. Martin Tobin, a Chicago physician who specialized in respiratory and critical care medicine for decades, told jurors that Floyd died due to lack o

Prosecutor, medical examiner talks underscore complexity of Chauvin case

Dr. Andrew Baker's expected testimony Friday about the cause of George Floyd's death could pose challenges for both the state and defense.
Minneapolis police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found Wednesday in a South Side duplex.

Minneapolis police investigating suspicious death of woman found in South Side duplex

No arrests had been announced as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
In terminating four officers less than 24 hours after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo moved more quickly and decisi

Details revealed of Arradondo's 'emotional' discussions before the 4 officers were fired

It was 'unequivocally ... the right decision to do," Medaria Arradondo said in a recorded interview.
Chief's testimony is latest crack in 'blue wall of silence'

Chief's testimony is latest crack in 'blue wall of silence'

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo's testimony Monday was significant for a department whose culture has long discouraged officers from criticizing a colleague's conduct — at least not publicly.
Young men visited the area where protestors have gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center on Friday, the fifth day of the trial of Derek Chau

Chauvin trial again casts spotlight on MPD's training

Revelations about former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin's history and his conduct on the day George Floyd died have drawn further scrutiny of his training role over younger officers.
Former Minneapolis cop Christopher Reiter

Chauvin case shines spotlight on Mpls. police history of mistreating the handcuffed

Minneapolis officers have been accused of assaulting handcuffed people in at least eight other instances before the death of George Floyd.
Imez Wright with his baby son.

Relatives, friends of man gunned down at George Floyd Square grieve his loss

The suspected gunman has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
In this image from video, witness Donald Williams wipes his eyes as he answers questions, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Tuesday, Mar

Social media seizes on 'angry Black man' exchange during Derek Chauvin trial

The backlash came amid testimony of a key prosecution witness.
Minneapolis police investigators combed the scene after a fatal shooting in Dinkytown on Monday night.

Boy killed, man injured in late-night Dinkytown shooting

The incident was one of three shootings in Minneapolis on Monday.
Former Minneapolis officers Mohamed Noor, left, and Derek Chauvin. Both have gone on trial for murder.

Chauvin case draws inevitable comparisons to another high-profile police murder trial

Already, the differences between the two cases are stark.
Lauren P. Peterson was wrongly identified by Minneapolis police as an assault suspect. Peterson said police never contacted her before pursuing a case

Woman wrongfully accused of assaulting Alpha News journalist sues Minneapolis, police detective

It's not clear whether anyone has been charged in the case.
West metro police officers face possible charges in use of force against man who suffered medical emergency

West metro police officers face possible charges in use of force against man who suffered medical emergency

Suspect experienced medical emergency after tussle with police.
Razor wire surrounded part of the Hennepin County Government Center as jury selection continued in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer

Prosecutors change mind, won't contest Hennepin County judge's ruling to resume public trials

The underlying case involves a man charged with stabbing and seriously injuring another man at a Bloomington light rail station last September.
Minneapolis police are searching for a suspect they say fatally stabbed an elderly woman Wednesday morning near Peavey Park, a spokesman said.

Police investigating fatal stabbing in south Minneapolis, city's 15th homicide of year

No arrests had been announced as of noon Wednesday.
Hennepin EMS paramedics will soon trade their trademark brown uniforms for blue ones “to better distinguish their role as emergency medical services

Hennepin EMS overhauls uniforms to distinguish themselves from police, sparking internal backlash

The uniforms went from 'UPS brown' to navy blue.
Judge rules trial over Bloomington stabbing can continue at locked-down Government Center over prosecution opposition

Judge rules trial over Bloomington stabbing can continue at locked-down Government Center over prosecution opposition

The trial was set to start on March 8, but was temporarily postponed.
Minneapolis police investigating city's 14th homicide of 2021, near South Side shopping market

Minneapolis police investigating city's 14th homicide of 2021, near South Side shopping market

No arrests were immediately announced in the case.
George Floyd Square at East 38th Street and Chicago on March 6, 2021, hours after a person was shot and killed near the intersection.

Prosecutors cite dispute between Bloods in slaying at Floyd Square

The suspected shooter remained held on $1 million bond pending his initial court appearance on Tuesday.
A Robbinsdale police car crashed Friday night near North Memorial Health Hospital.

Pursuit ends in police car crash in Robbinsdale

It happened near North Memorial Health Hospital. No one had suffered serious injuries, a Robbinsdale officer at the scene said.
Concrete barriers around 38th St. and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis on Wednesday March 10, 2021.

Minneapolis police announce 2 arrests in George Floyd Square shooting death

A police spokesman said he couldn't divulge the genders of the two people arrested or provide any other identifying information.
The Minneapolis Fire Department is listed as the sole defendant in the suit, which seeks unspecified damages and back pay.

Ex-Minneapolis fire cadet sues for discrimination, retaliation

The assault allegedly occurred during a training session in December 2019.
The Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey introduced the new MinneapolUS Strategic Outreach Initiative during a press conference at the Pillsbury United Commun

Minneapolis seeks proposals for 'violence interrupters' as warmer temperatures loom

The new outreach teams are expected to be in place before the crime-heavy summer months.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Feds convene grand jury for civil rights investigation into Derek Chauvin

After months of quiet, the Justice Department has convened a grand jury and called police witnesses in the federal investigation, sources say.
Jim Rowader

A few months into job, Minneapolis city attorney wades into debate over policing

Opinion piece blasting department rankles many.
Police continue investigating after two fatally shot in south Minneapolis

Police continue investigating after two fatally shot in south Minneapolis

Third person evaluated, interviewed; suspect apparently fled on foot.
Minneapolis joined places such as Portland, Ore., Boston and Alameda, Calif., that have already outlawed or limited use of facial recognition technolo

Minneapolis passes restrictive ban on facial recognition use by police, others

The new ordinance follows months of lobbying by the POSTME (Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology and Military Equipment) coalition, which gathered thousands of signatures on petitions asking the City Council to address the issue.
Woman held in Brooklyn Center stabbing death

Woman held in Brooklyn Center stabbing death

Man died after overnight incident on Saturday.
Screenprinter K.B. Brown received a hug from one of his favorite clients at his shop Wolfpack Promotionals, Friday in Minneapolis, MN.    ]  ELIZABETH

Minneapolis violent crimes soared in 2020 amid pandemic and the protests

Pandemic, shutdowns, unrest triggered a domino effect, leaders say.
Minneapolis Police Officer Ken Feucht was one of the officers who volunteered for the body camera pilot program. He wore the Axon camera, made by Tase

Mpls. police must keep bodycams on at all times at crime scenes

It's the latest move to encourage transparency and accountability, officials say.
The Minneapolis Police Department says the vaccine isn’t mandatory for officers.

Minneapolis police begin COVID-19 vaccinations

St. Paul police began their vaccine rollout last week.
Charlie Adams, the incoming inspector of the North Side 4th Precinct, posed for a portrait Friday. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.c

New Minneapolis Fourth Precinct inspector's story is one of the North Side

Charlie Adams is a product of the area he polices.
Charles Royston Jr.’s wide smile was captured in a 2016 photo in the Star Tribune after his Minneapolis North team won the state Class 1A football t

For football star killed in shooting, returning home was 'the worst mistake'

Those who knew former Minneapolis North football star Charles Royston Jr. say the way they will remember him: always on the go, with a trademark grin that flashed through good times and bad.
Office of Violence Prevention Director Sasha Cotton, shown in October.

Minneapolis makes big bet on violence prevention effort to stem crime surge

With money diverted from police, city agency faces pressure to ramp up quickly, help stem crime surge.
Proposal to ban law enforcement use of facial recognition tech advances in Mpls.

Proposal to ban law enforcement use of facial recognition tech advances in Mpls.

Council member who backs prohibition says its use "feels dystopian."
The Winner Gas station on the corner of W. Broadway and N. Lyndale Avenue, with Merwin Liquors in the background across Lyndale.

Troubled north Minneapolis corner poses potential test of new public safety approach

A rough stretch of the North Side may provide a telling first test of a new strategy that prioritizes mental health care and drug treatment.
Police shot and wounded a criminal suspect Thursday morning along Dowling Avenue near Vincent Avenue in an exchange of gunfire, authorities said.

Suspect shot, wounded in gunfire exchange with police in north Mpls.

The encounter occurred along Dowling Avenue, according to authorities.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

Mpls. police chief reprimands officer who anonymously detailed 'toxic culture'

The disciplinary record was released Friday.
Mother, child found safe following AMBER Alert

Mother, child found safe following AMBER Alert

They were kidnapped from a northeast Minneapolis residence, authorities said.
AMBER Alert issued after woman, child kidnapped by suspect in Minneapolis

AMBER Alert issued after woman, child kidnapped by suspect in Minneapolis

An Amber Alert was issued about 4:16 p.m. Wednesday.
Bayle Gelle, surrounded by supporters, displays a picture of his son, 22-year-old Dolal Idd, who was killed by Minneapolis police at the Holiday gas s

Warrant: Mpls. police shot Dolal Idd after attempted gun sting

A sworn affidavit filed by a state BCA agent says that Idd — identified in the warrant as the suspected seller — showed up at the meetup spot, but when officers moved in to arrest him, a "gunfight ensued."
Flowers are left Thursday at a Holiday gas station near where Dolal Idd, 23, was shot and killed by Minneapolis police the night before during a traff

Mpls. police release body camera footage of fatal shooting of man

Video released by the Minneapolis Police showed that a 23-year-old man fired first before he was shot and killed by police officers during an attempted traffic stop.
A candle burned near the intersection of Cedar Ave and 36th St., the scene of Thursday night’s shooting.

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Minneapolis police shoot, kill man during traffic stop

Minneapolis police shot and killed a man they say fired first during a traffic stop on the city's south side Wednesday night.
Murder charges filed in domestic-related slaying in St. Paul's North End neighborhood

Murder charges filed in domestic-related slaying in St. Paul's North End neighborhood

Glenn Burton, 40, has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
One man killed in shooting near south Minneapolis light rail station

One man killed in shooting near south Minneapolis light rail station

A police spokesman said a confrontation preceded the shooting.
Stickers for those vaccinated wait in the observation room in Community Health Services to be handed out post-vaccination in Aspen, Colo., Wednesday,

Minneapolis won't mandate COVID-19 vaccines for police, fire

Police and fire officials say they expect most of their employees will take the vaccine when it becomes available.
Jerrod Burt suffered serious burns after a flash-bang grenade was thrown into the car he was driving, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Minneapolis pays out $170,000 to settle lawsuit over police flash-bang grenade tossed into car

The incident in question happened last March in north Minneapolis.
ChaMee Vue tearfully addressed relatives and friends during a candlelight vigil outside her family’s home on Dec. 17, 2019, held in honor of her fat

Prosecutors: No charges against officers in Chiasher Vue shooting in north Minneapolis

The decision comes almost a year to the day of the shooting.
Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Henry Halvorson listened in to public comments during Thursday's public safety meeting at city hall.       ] AARON

Arradondo announces new No. 2, other changes to Mpls police command

The current assistant chief, Mike Kjos, plans to retire in January.
Fired Mpls. cop accused of invoking 'Black Hawk Down' in 2015 traffic stop of Somali teens

Fired Mpls. cop accused of invoking 'Black Hawk Down' in 2015 traffic stop of Somali teens

The officer, Rod Weber, was fired after a monthslong internal investigation found he'd violated numerous department policies.
Mae Roberts said her last farewell to her son Calvin L. Horton Jr. after his funeral at Estes Funeral Chapel, Friday, June 19, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN

Prosecutors: No charges in pawn shop killing during George Floyd unrest

The killing came on the second night of protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd last May.
Attendees interacted with a facial recognition demonstration in Las Vegas in 2019.

Police use of facial recognition technology soars in Minnesota

Increasing use has caught the attention of civil liberties advocates, who say it's a threat to privacy and discriminatory.
During the discussion Friday, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender broke from protocol to relay to viewers what she had told colleagues in p

Minneapolis City Council OKs $1 million police brutality settlement

The council votes 8-5 to pay a man assaulted by an off-duty officer, but objections remain.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin prosecutors cite incident with 14-year-old boy who couldn't breathe

They say 2017 footage with teen shows pattern of unreasonable force.
Khalilah Corey tried to shield her son, Wanya, 19, but he was killed by gunfire last month.

As gunfire toll hits 500 injured or killed, Mpls. struggles to find solutions

Khalilah Corey was a worrier, but she didn’t think much of it when her 19-year-old son told her he was going to the park to…
Police say gang members and others have erected barriers around the No-Go Zone at 38th and Chicago and are cruising the area while armed and intimidat

Gun dealing, violence plague area near site of Floyd's death

Minneapolis police can be heard on scanner traffic saying that they wouldn't respond to reports of gunfire in the area unless there was a victim, feeding into the perception that it was a "no-go zone" — an area where police are reluctant to respond.
Voter Rebekah Martin places her “I voted,” sticker on her jacket after casting her ballot at her polling place at First Congregation Church in Min

Trump official seeking retired cops as Minneapolis 'poll challengers'

The Minneapolis police union put out a call this week for retired officers to help serve as "eyes and ears" at polling sites in "problem" areas across the city on Election Day.

Off-duty cop sues, says Mpls. police 'seized' him and friends 'with deadly force'

The lawsuit doesn't specify damages.
Art Knight had served as Police Chief Medaria Arradondo’s chief of staff. “The message was about the lack of diversity, so it’s just frustrating

Mpls. police official demoted over 'white boys' comment

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo demoted a high-ranking deputy whose comments in a Star Tribune article prompted an internal backlash. Art Knight said he was "disappointed" by his demotion.
Minneapolis police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place Wednesday night in the 3500 block of S. 19th Avenue.

Minneapolis records its 68th homicide with shooting death

The shooting happened in the 3500 block of 19th Avenue S.
A teenage boy was killed and another person injured in a shooting Wednesday afternoon in the area of N. Lowry and Logan avenues in Minneapolis.

Teen fatally shot in north Minneapolis in the city's 65th homicide of year

Another person was injured during the shooting in the troubled area.

3 youths die in north Mpls. crash while being pursued by police

They were ages 13 to 15, and the pursuit stemmed from a carjacking, officers said.

Two fatal shootings in Minneapolis push city's homicide total to 62

Both incidents occurred on the city's North Side.

Minneapolis police shoot, wound man after armed confrontation on South Side

It's still unclear whether the man fired at officers, police said.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, right, and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

Reform group says Minneapolis has shut it out of police union contract talks

Transparency lacking over new contract, it says.

Homeowner arrested after fatally shooting intruder in north Mpls.

Police learned later that the homeowner and the victim were acquaintances and that the invasion was not random.
Vice President Mike Pence said goodbye to Flora Westbrook, owner of Flora’s Hair Design, a north Minneapolis hair salon destroyed during rioting. Pe

Pence highlights Mpls. destruction in wake of George Floyd's killing

Vice President Mike Pence rallies with police and makes a surprise visit to north Minneapolis.
In Minneapolis and the U.S., homicides have increased 15% this year. Above, police investigated an Aug. 14 death.

New look shows violent crime's spread across Mpls. this summer

The surge in violent crime this summer included more prosperous neighborhoods that typically experience few such incidents while continuing to exact the heaviest toll in the city's poor areas, according to a Star Tribune analysis of police statistics.
Police: 3 injured in N. Minneapolis shootings within minutes of each other

Police: 3 injured in N. Minneapolis shootings within minutes of each other

Preliminary information suggested that the shootings weren't connected.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo shown in June.

Mpls. council members press police chief for response to crime wave

The officials told Medaria Arradondo of Minneapolis residents' frustrations with enforcement.
Lacy Johnson, Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, speaks in Minneapolis in 2018.

Teen fatally shot in north Minneapolis worked for GOP congressional candidate

Officials at Patrick Henry High school ID'd the teen in a Facebook post and said that grief counselors would be available to students.

Boy, 17, slain outside N. Minneapolis gas station is city's 59th homicide victim of 2020

The north Minneapolis shooting death is the city's 59th homicide of the year.

Man charged with assaulting, trying to extort S. Minneapolis auto shop owner

A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the assault and attempted extortion of a south Minneapolis auto shop owner who was beaten unconscious…
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Chauntyll Allen, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Twin Cities, spoke at a community holiday tree er

Mpls. officer who retired after racist Christmas tree display claims 'false narrative'

Brandy Steberg said the city acted to appease activists.