Brandt Williams Feature Archive

State legislators passed a public safety bill with bipartisan support that includes measures to shore up the state's criminal background check system and to fund school safety programs. However, they say the legislation falls short and they plan to try for a more comprehensive bill next session. (05/22/2013)
The two women convicted of using a charity fundraising network to funnel money to a terrorist group in Somalia were sentenced to prison, in a long-running investigation of al-Shabab recruitment and financing in the United States. (05/17/2013)
The investigation continues into the deaths of two men and wounding of two Minneapolis police officers. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau released new information, but grieving relatives of the dead men say they want to know more about what happened. (05/16/2013)
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says the squad car that collided with and killed a motorcyclist last Friday wasn't speeding. (05/15/2013)
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)