Flint Water Crisis: Michigan Health Officials Charged

Posted On : 06/16/2017

Multiple Michigan Health Department officials are being charged in connection with Flint’s water crisis.

FLINT, MICHIGAN — For the last few years, the city’s water situation has been deplorable, at best. Its residents have suffered beyond anything we can possibly imagine.

Flint Water Crisis - Michigan Health Officials Charged - woman holding baby bottle
This woman shows an example of Flint’s water via this baby’s bottle.

According to New York Times, five health department officials have been charged in the Michigan city’s water scandal. The source specifically reports as follows.

“Five officials in Michigan, including the head of the state’s health department, were charged on Wednesday. It is the closest investigators have come to directly blaming officials for the deaths and illnesses that occurred when a water contamination crisis enveloped this city.”

Two major figures…

As it goes, the source reports that Nick Lyons — head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services — has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office.

The New York Times says, for these offenses, he could get as much as 20 years for his crimes if convicted.

Next, Dr. Eden V. Wells — the chief medical executive for the department — is being charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer. The source mentions that she could receive up to seven years, if convicted.

The Times further notes that, altogether, there are 15 “current and former state and local officials” facing criminal charges.

Michigan’s attorney general, Bill Schuette, says Flint’s water crisis shows a complete failure in leadership.

Even Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder — who a majority truly blames for this incident’s escalation, is also being thoroughly investigated and could face charges.

Aside from copious lead poisoning…

One of the issues with Flint’s water is that it caused some of the city’s residents to develop Legionnaires’ disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is a type of pneumonia.

The agency also reports that pneumonia kills more than 50,000 people per year.

With that in mind, what are your thoughts regarding Flint’s water crisis? Do you think they’re the right people who should be charged? Or are there others who are more responsible? Feel free to share your comments via our Facebook page.

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