MPR’s Brandt Williams reports that August is the deadliest month in Minneapolis for homicides, and most are African American men. Williams profiles a few young Black men trying to beat the odds by leaving the path that often leads to early death or prison.
MPR News analyzed ten years of data from the Minneapolis Police Department, and found more people have been killed in August over the past decade than in any other month of the year. All five victims in August 2012 were African American men between the ages of 21 and 30; each had a criminal record.
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