Brandt Williams Feature Archive

Two Twin Cities men convicted of terrorism-related charges were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. Kamal Said Hassan and Mahamud Said Omar will be spending many years in prison for their roles in the disappearance of nearly two dozen Somali men from the Twin Cities who traveled to Somalia to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab. (05/14/2013)
Family and friends of the man who was shot and killed during an altercation with two Minneapolis police officers say they want answers about what happened. (05/13/2013)
Among those facing prison time is a man who recruited young Somali men from Minnesota to travel to the Horn of Africa to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabab. (05/13/2013)
The state Court of Appeals this week takes up the case of Amy Senser, wife of former Viking Joe Senser, who was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide last year. (04/29/2013)
A task force seized a large amount of drugs and cash in Minneapolis Friday, according to Hennepin County Sheriff's Office officials. (04/26/2013)
A charts shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans. (04/24/2013)
This maps shows counts by county of currently valid permits from applications received May 2003 to December 2012 and valid on or before December 2012. MPR News calculated the number of permits per 1,000 residents. (04/24/2013)
Research shows dramatic differences in the role that guns play in the deaths of white and black Minnesotans. African-Americans are much more likely to be killed by firearms than whites are in Minnesota. At the same time, whites are more likely than African-Americans to use guns to commit suicide. (04/24/2013)
The federal government has seized 60 military-style rifles that prosecutors believe were bought by an unlicensed gun seller in Minnesota. (04/18/2013)
A former Minneapolis Police officer facing criminal sexual conduct charges in Anoka County was charged with similar offenses Thursday involving young girls in Hennepin County. (04/18/2013)
The fourth season for the Nice Ride bike rental program should be back on track this weekend after a snowstorm last week temporarily shut it down. (04/14/2013)
The grounds crew at Target Field is busy preparing the snow-covered ballpark for a weekend series between the Twins and the New York Mets, which begins Friday night. (04/11/2013)
Minnesota lawmakers continue to debate two competing background check bills. If a universal background check law is passed by Congress, what does that mean for the debate over gun control at the state Capitol? (04/09/2013)
A side-by-side comparison of gun control bills currently being considered in the Minnesota Legislature. (04/09/2013)
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will be in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with President Barack Obama to talk about gun control proposals. (04/07/2013)