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Liz Sawyer  covers Minneapolis crime and policing at the Star Tribune. Since joining the newspaper in 2014, she has reported extensively on Minnesota law enforcement, state prisons and the youth justice system. 

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 thinks an orange is, in fact, a suitable mascot.


Jamal Mitchell 1988-2024

A true peacekeeper with a "megawatt" smile, Mitchell joined the police force to build community bridges.


Minneapolis police union votes to approve tentative contract for historic 21.7% pay raise

Rank-and-file members voted to ratify the new contract; accord still requires City Council approval.


Walz planned to remove Moriarty from state trooper murder prosecution

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said rumors over pulling her from the case didn't factor into her decision to drop murder charges.


Police officer, civilian and shooter dead, and responders wounded in Minneapolis shooting

Jamal Mitchell was 'ambushed' while responding to a shooting at an apartment building in the 2200 block of Blaisdell Avenue, making him the first Minneapolis police officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in more than 20 years.


Despite years of denial, Mpls. police used secretive process for serious misconduct

City officials have repeatedly claimed they only use coaching for the lowest-level policy violations. New court documents show that's not true.


Discrepancies in how coaching is used

Explanations by city officials on coaching differ from how it was actually used in some cases.


Appeals court throws out conviction in death of North football star Deshaun Hill Jr.

Panel says incriminating statements were illegally collected by law enforcement. County Attorney's Office says it's "deeply disappointed" in the ruling.


Minneapolis' $18M crime prevention effort questioned after contracts unpaid

The city stopped paying violence interrupters with little explanation.


Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder in shooting of Minneapolis police officer

Frederick Davis Jr., 19, admitted to firing a dozen shots at the unmarked vehicle following him, but denied knowingly targeting police.


Trooper pleads not guilty on murder, manslaughter charges; trial set for September

The trial for Ryan Londregan is slated to begin Sept. 9 and last about three weeks, including jury selection.