Brandt Williams

criminal justice and public safety correspondent, Minnesota Public Radio News

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Today wraps up the first week of testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more…

Derek Chauvin trial week 1 takeaways: An emotional witness stand and new footage

Today wraps up the first week of testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin elected not to testify on Thursday in his own defense — in the trial over George Floyd’s death.

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For thousands of Californians, the notion of “presumed innocent” has been turned on its head. They’ve waited years in jail without being tried or sentenced.

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Josh Barro speaks with Ken White about Rudy Giuliani’s response to the defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, Rep. Katie Hill’s loss against the Daily Mail and more.

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In March alone, about 19,000 migrant children came alone to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking asylum. That's an all-time high.

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Josh Barro speaks with panelists Christine Emba and Lanhee Chen about President Biden’s proposal for a major $2 trillion infrastructure package.

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Women of Asian descent were six of the eight victims killed in the shootings at three Atlanta-area spas earlier this week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Colorado has a long history of high-profile mass shootings: King Soopers grocery store in Boulder on Monday, Columbine High School in 1999, the Aurora movie theater in 2012.

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The federal government decided this morning to pause Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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This year kicked off with an alarming rise in shootings in Los Angeles, according to the LAPD’s public stats. Homicides are up, robberies are down, rapes are down, car thefts are up.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand