Brandt Williams Feature Archive

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)
The Minneapolis City Council Friday passed an ordinance requiring residents who care for colonies of the cats to register with a sponsoring agency. If you feed the cats, you will now have to make sure they are vaccinated, neutered and implanted with a microchip. (09/20/2013)
No criminal charges will be against Minneapolis police officers involved in the May 10 shooting death of Terrance Franklin, a Hennepin County Grand Jury decided Thursday. The family's attorney has said the family will consider asking for a federal investigation and may file a civil wrongful death lawsuit. (09/19/2013)
Boston Police Department Superintendent William Evans is in Minnesota to share lessons ahead of the Twin Cities Marathon. Evans ran the Boston Marathon and was then called to respond to the bombing soon after he finished the race. He led the city's emergency response to the bombing and was involved in the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (09/12/2013)
Franklin died of gunshot wounds after scuffling with police officers in the basement of a Minneapolis home. Two officers were also wounded during the confrontation. (09/12/2013)