Brandt Williams Feature Archive

Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman will not run for re-election when her term ends next year. (11/08/2013)
An election in which three candidates in their 30s won Minneapolis City Council races made it clear that the city's demographics are changing, and voters want younger, newer and more diverse representation. (11/07/2013)
A federal magistrate judge Friday approved a $1 million settlement between Hennepin County and a man with mental illness who partially blinded himself while in the county jail in 2012. (11/01/2013)
Officials expect winners in all races to be declared by the end of next week. (10/30/2013)
According to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 18 and 22 veterans across the country die from suicide every day. The study is based on numbers from fewer than half of U.S. states. Researchers say the government's treatment programs have led to improvements, but that the agency needs to do more to prevent military suicides. (10/25/2013)
Minneapolis city officials are considering whether to issue wearable cameras to police officers as a way to increase police officer accountability and help defeat frivolous brutality complaints and lawsuits. (10/18/2013)
According to a petition filed last week, the boy had a recent history of leaving home overnight without permission. (10/16/2013)
So far this year, there have been 33 homicides in Minneapolis. This killing is an outlier because of the ages of the two men involved. (10/15/2013)
Reporter Brandt Williams examines the amount the city of Minneapolis has paid in officer-related lawsuit settlements and judgments over the last few years. The most recent settlement was just last week. (10/04/2013)
About a dozen volunteers with Organizing for Action, a group that supports President Barack Obama, protested outside the Social Security Administration office urging legislators to reopen the government. (10/02/2013)
Lt. June Johnson, an African-American, said a white male supervisor who promoted her told her she only got the promotion because she was black and told her she didn't belong with the department. (10/01/2013)
The Twins announced today that manager Ron Gardenhire's contract has been extended through 2015. (09/30/2013)
After the deadliest workplace shooting in Minnesota history, legislators tried and failed to pass stricter gun laws. However, they did approve measures to keep people with mental illness from acquiring firearms and to fund mental health treatment programs. (09/27/2013)
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, a member of the Southwest LRT corridor management committee, expressed frustration at the company's actions. "There were assertions made by the railroad there were horrible safety problems," McLaughlin said. "And we went to the people who were supposed to be the best in the country about dealing with safety problems and they took a pass because their funders, the railroad, probably didn't want them to do it. I think it's a crappy way to do business." (09/25/2013)
A detailed autopsy report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office obtained by MPR News found nine bullets entered Terrance Franklin's body, and one bullet grazed his scalp. Most of the shots hit him in the head and neck. (09/23/2013)