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.


Personnel records shed light on 4 officers charged in Floyd's death

The officers had varied work lives, including military service, according to personnel records from the Minneapolis Police Department.


Condition of burned Mpls. liquor store cuts short search for possible body

Witnesses said someone didn't make it out, but it's unclear who, if anyone.


After four nights without police presence, Mpls. neighborhoods protect themselves

Days of violence and damage led up to Saturday.


First responders worked nearly an hour to save Floyd before he was pronounced dead

Hennepin Healthcare EMS chief says he believes that paramedics did everything right after getting the medical distress call.


Mayor Frey calls for peace as looting, flames erupt around police station

State Patrol troopers moved in to help with growing looting, and the mayor said he asked the governor to consider calling in the National Guard as violence turned deadly.


St. Paul police identify man fatally shot in West Side home

Cary F. Schmidt, 60, was shot in the chest, police said.


Law enforcement experts denounce Minneapolis police use of force in George Floyd's death

Legal experts say officer acted wrongly in putting his knee on Floyd's neck.


Rolling memorial 50 years later remembers slain St. Paul officer

A procession of hundreds of current and retired officers paid tribute to James Sackett, felled by a sniper's bullet on May 22, 1970.


Bail remains set at $500,000 for shooter in St. Paul roadside argument

Anthony Trifiletti, 24, did not enter a plea.


U.S. marshals nab suspected gunman in fatal St. Paul drive-by shooting in Arkansas

Olando Franklin faces two coujnts of second-degree murder.