Jennifer Bjorhus | Star Tribune
Reporter | Watchdog and data team

Bjorhus lives in St. Paul with her husband, Ranjit, and has two sons and a cat.


Minnesota police board promises steps to improve sex assault investigations

POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.


How alcohol foils rape investigations

Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.


Freeman pledges to strengthen sex assault investigations

The Hennepin County attorney said he was surprised at how many cases seem to go nowhere.


State police licensing board plans response to failings in Minnesota's rape investigations

Licensing agency chief plans actions to improve statewide accountability.


Frey pledges 'care and compassion' for sex assault victims

Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.


Public officials call sexual assault stories 'horrific'

Lawmakers, prosecutors respond to report on breakdowns in assault investigations.


When rape is reported in Minnesota and nothing happens

A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.


Fatal police encounters in Minnesota since 2000

More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.


Duluth clears rape kit backlog as reform bill becomes law

The new law gives agencies 60 days to submit kits and requires victim updates.


Bills take aim at Minnesota officers, elected officials accused of abuse

All Minnesota law agencies would be required to establish rules.