Reporter | Breaking news, crime and corrections

Liz Sawyer covers breaking news, crime and corrections for the Star Tribune. She previously wrote about suburban life in the south metro.

Sawyer graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in newspaper and online journalism. She worships her alma mater's college hoops team and believes that an orange is, in fact, a suitable mascot.

Citing budget shortfalls, DOC to close two Minnesota prisons

A $14 million budget shortfall is forcing significant cuts, says DOC chief Schnell.

Minn. Corrections Dept. lays off 48 employees in wake of coronavirus

The state agency could face deeper cuts without aid from the Legislature.

St. Paul chief: $9.2M cut requested by mayor will mean fewer cops

The proposed cut would mean eliminating jobs, Chief Todd Axtell said.

Bodycam video shows officer pulled gun on Floyd early on

Video from body cameras worn by two of the officers involved in the killing of George Floyd was viewed by the public for the first time.

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Department of Corrections over coronavirus

Evidence does not support "deliberate indifference," she said in the ruling.

Minneapolis July 4th protesters say they're marching for justice for all

Two Minneapolis events call for racial equity and an overhaul of police.

Complaints skyrocketing in wake of Mpls. police response to Floyd protests

Since George Floyd's death, allegations of misconduct and excessive force have poured into the Office of Police Conduct Review in Minneapolis, which is now investigating more than 400 such complaints against MPD.

Surge in gun violence tests Minneapolis leaders

Officials blame the grim trend on the coronavirus pandemic, shattered public trust following the killing of George Floyd and the reluctance of some Minneapolis officers to take initiative amid intense scrutiny.

Faribault prisoner who tested positive for coronavirus dies, another critical

More than 200 inmates at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

Seven Mpls. police officers resign after Floyd protests

Morale has sunk to new lows in recent weeks as officers reported feeling misunderstood and squeezed by all sides: by the state probe, and by protesters, city leaders and the media.