5 Flint officials indicted on manslaughter charges over water crisis
It's mind blowing to know that Flint, Michigan has not had clean water since April 2014. How can a crisis go on for so long without a resolution or someone being held accountable? To be clear, the water quality has returned to "acceptable levels"; however, residents were instructed to continue to use bottled or filtered water until all the lead pipes have been replaced, which is expected to be completed no sooner than 2020. Well, as Flint residents still await a complete resolution to this problem, they now at least have some type of satisfaction that someone may be held accountable for this.
Michigan’s attorney general has filed new, more serious charges of involuntary manslaughter against five officials in the Flint Water Crisis investigation, among them the head of Michigan’s health department. Heath chief Nick Lyon was charged with two felonies, involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office, for failing to alert the public about an outbreak in Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area.
Some experts linked the outbreak to poor water quality during the height of water crisis in 2014-15. Nearly 100 people were affected during the Legionnaires outbreak, 12 of whom died.
The other 4 officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter, all for failure to act in the Flint water crisis. It remains to be seen if they will actually be charged for this crime, we'll have to wait and see.