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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.


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.


Teen who gunned down Zaria McKeever during home invasion sentenced to 10 years in prison

The murder case of 15-year-old Foday Kamara became a flashpoint in how the criminal justice system should punish juveniles accused of violent crimes.


Amid unsolved Minneapolis homicides, families await justice

A deadly three-year period at the height of the pandemic has left Minneapolis with the most open homicide cases in at least three decades.


Hennepin County Attorney inks contract with D.C. law firm to prosecute trooper Londregan case

The agreement includes an initial $1 million budget cap for legal services, billed at a blended rate of $850 per hour.


Two Minneapolis police officers earn Medal of Valor for daring water rescue of 4-year-old boy

A third officer earned a Lifesaving Award for his role in the emergency response last November.