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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged five officials with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over their handling of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
The defendants, all high-ranking members of the city and state government, are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former Flint water manager Howard Croft, and Liane Shekter-Smith and Stephen Busch of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Additionally, Dr. Eden Wells, the state’s chief medical officer, has been charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who has insisted he moved to take action to fix the problems with Flint’s water as soon as he learned of the danger, defended state employees in a statement Wednesday.
The involuntary manslaughter charges stem specifically from the death of Robert Skidmore, 85, of Mt. Morris, Michigan, a city adjacent to Flint. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by bacteria that can be harbored in mismanaged water systems and that are particularly dangerous in large buildings.
Legionnaires’ disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by inhaling water vapor infected with Legionella bacteria. Unlike the lead poisoning that has affected thousands of Flint children, Legionnaires’ is not caused by drinking contaminated water.
Speaking to reporters, Schuette called the Flint probe “the most comprehensive investigation” in Michigan’s modern history. He said he’s “very confident” the charges filed will be upheld in court.
originally posted by: Hazardous1408
You know someone recently tried to blame the crisis on people not paying their water bills.
As if that somehow magically adds lead to the water.
Some sick bastards involved in this.
originally posted by: JIMC5499
Your kidding me! I was wondering who died when I saw the title. This is a reach. Legionnaire's Disease. Really?
Legionella bacteria are commonly spread through airborne water droplets. Mist or vapor contaminated with the bacteria can come from whirlpool spas, cooling towers (used as air-conditioning units in large buildings), and water used for drinking and bathing, according to the CDC.
originally posted by: veracity
Involuntary manslaughter? Republicans in office should be charged with that if trumpcare goes thru.
originally posted by: JIMC5499
a reply to: Boadicea
Prove where the contamination came from and I might agree with you.
originally posted by: slapjacks
Good! I made a thread in regards to Flint threatening foreclosure on homes for unpaid water bills here
It's about time something is done, unfortunately it's still not taking care of the water.
originally posted by: Deny Arrogance
"It's worth noting that this isn't a partisan witch hunt..."
Then why is the only party affiliation mentioned by you republican.
Why did you include (R) but no (D) after the democrats?