Brandt Williams

Brandt Williams

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
bwilliams@mpr.org

Brandt Williams is a reporter with MPR News' Metro Unit. At MPR, Brandt has extensively covered city government, public safety and courts; race and justice; and livability issues in the city of Minneapolis. Before coming to MPR in 2000, Brandt was the executive editor of Insight News, the state's largest African American-owned newspaper. He was with Insight for eight years. Brandt grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Speech Communications in 1991.

Brandt Williams Feature Archive

Five months ago, the city appeared to be on a collision course with the Metropolitan Council over the project. (08/29/2014)
The videotaped arrest of a man by St. Paul Police in January has been the talk of social media this week -- so much so that Police Chief Tom Smith felt compelled to defend his officers. (08/28/2014)
Abu-Huraira Islamic Center proposed a mosque at the old Medtronic headquarters in St. Anthony at 3055 Old Highway 8. The City Council voted 4-1 in June 2012 not to issue a conditional use permit for the mosque, citing appropriate land use. (08/27/2014)
A number of police departments around the state are either using or planning to use body cameras on officers. It's remains unclear, however, clear is whether the cameras are helping to catch criminals or protect police from lawsuits. (08/26/2014)
In one case, a 15-year-old girl alleges she was beaten up by two police officers in March of 2013. (08/25/2014)
According to the charges, Michael John Merten III and Robert Hilgren got into a shouting match in the middle of Rice Street near County Road B2 in Little Canada. The complaint says Merten shoved Hilgren at least three times before pushing him into the path of an oncoming car. (08/22/2014)
Philip and Virginia Carlson were contractors who stole money from an office development project that was never finished. (08/21/2014)
In Minneapolis, some civil rights advocates worry that longstanding tensions between police and the African-American community could erupt along similar fault lines. Some fear that despite efforts by the police department to improve its relationship with the community, the problem persists. (08/15/2014)
The Mustafa family paid runners to get thousands of phones "through robberies, burglaries, shoplifting, and fraud and identity-theft schemes" and then sold the devices across the U.S. and overseas, the indictment charges. (08/12/2014)
The shooting, which police called gang related, was one of several violent confrontations between young Somali men in Minneapolis last year. (08/12/2014)
The nightclub, located a block from Target Field, has a history of violent incidents. (08/11/2014)
Defense attorney Thomas Kelly argued there was no evidence to show Robertson intended to intimidate anyone. (08/11/2014)
Under a new agreement between the city and the Animal Humane Society, new adopted dog owners can get two months of free training including a free 'human' training class. (08/08/2014)
Under the agreement, Johnson dismissed the complaint she filed last year, and the county admits no liability. In the four-page settlement agreement required reached quietly in April, the county paid Johnson $21,000 to compensate her for emotional damages. In return, Johnson agreed to retire. (08/06/2014)
According to police, much of the violence that plagues city communities is caused by young people involved with gangs who get guns. (08/01/2014)