David Chanen | Star Tribune
Reporter | Courts and criminal justice

David Chanen covers Hennepin County and appellate courts, and legal and criminal justice issues.


Immigration playing a relatively muted role in Hennepin County sheriff's race

As the issue takes hold across the country, Rich Stanek and his two challengers haven't made it a staple of their campaigns.


Minnesota BCA chief shouted down at Blevins community meeting

Organizers, members of family clash over format, purpose of gathering.


Fear-based training for police officers is challenged

An instructor of fear-based training is booked more than 200 times a year


Four charged with running underage sex trafficking ring in Brooklyn Park

At least three girls were sold for sex through online advertising or through a dating application between August 2017 and March 2018, according to a criminal complaint.


Man seeking damages from hitting escaped cow can sue the farmer

A Fillmore County man can sue a farmer for injuries he sustained after he hit an escaped cow wandering on a highway, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.


John L. Miller, funeral director and resort town police chief, dies at 84

At different times, he ran funeral homes, ambulance services, a restaurant and a transportation business for people with disabilities. For a little excitement, he became the first full-time police chief of the Minnesota resort town of Breezy Point.


Hennepin County toughens cybersecurity for coming election

The federal government now classifies elections as critical infrastructure.


Push for bodycam footage in Mpls. police shooting swells

Sources say a handgun was discovered next to the body of the victim, who died of gunshot wounds. The officers involved were identified.


Canoeist who drowned in BWCA identified as Coon Rapids man

Authorities have identified a Coon Rapids man who drowned when the canoe he was in capsized in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness over the…


Judge orders feds to process Hennepin County teen pregnancy funding

Hennepin County had sued over pregnancy prevention cuts.