Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Michigan Health Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

New charges in Flint Water Crisis New charges in Flint Water Crisis
Derrick Tucker | 15 June, 2017, 02:31

Others charged with involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday included former state-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley, former Flint city employee Howard Croft, and former state Department of Environmental Quality officials Stephen Busch and Liane Shekter-Smith.

The latest updates in the Flint water crisis criminal case put Governor Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette at odds once again. Legionnaires' is a type of bacterial pneumonia that experts have linked to contaminated water.

In 2014, Flint's water source switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

Flint, Michigan is still grappling with the aftermath of the water crisis - in March mayor Karen Weaver said it may be over two years before locals will be able to drink water from the tap without using a filter.

The head of Michigan's health department has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in Flint's water crisis.

January 2015: Detroit offers to reconnect Flint to its water system, but Flint leaders insist the water is safe.

In an effort to save money, Flint begins drawing water from the Flint River for its 100,000 residents, instead of relying on water from Detroit.

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In addition to those charged with involuntary manslaughter, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eden Wells is being charged with obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator. He also thwarted an independent researcher from investigating the cause of the outbreak, the statement says.

Charges will only be brought where the evidence warrants them, Schuette said.

"This crisis was entirely preventable and a startling reminder of the critical need to eliminate all sources of lead from our children's environment", Patrick Breysse, director of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, said at the time.

Among the flashpoints was a June 2016 fight in which Schuette said Snyder's private attorneys were withholding documents from his Flint water crisis investigators - an accusation the governor's office quickly denied.

Lyon, 49, was also charged with one count of misconduct in office. "Defendant Lyon's acts and failure to act resulted in the death of at least one person", documents filed Tuesday said. With Wednesday's allegations, 15 current or former state or city officials have been charged.

Over past months, three Flint officials, including a former director of the city's Public Works Department and a former utilities director for the department, were charged.

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