Four More Government Officials Were Just Charged For Flint Water Failures…(Lock ‘Em Up!!)

Friday, December 23, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Derrick Broze via,
Dec 23, 2016

On Tuesday, state prosecutors charged four former government employees with conspiring to violate safety rules for their roles in Flint’s water crisis. As a result of an April 2014 decision by one of the controversial unelected, state-appointed emergency managers, Flint residents were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead via the city water supply. The city water supply was changed from the Flint River to Lake Huron, which caused highly corrosive water to leach lead from the city pipes into the public water supply.

Michigan prosecutors are now assigning at least part of the blame to Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, former city emergency managers, as well as Howard Croft, a public works superintendent, and Daugherty Johnson, a utilities manager. At a press conference in Flint, Attorney General Bill Schuette said the former officials continued to operate the city’s water treatment plan when it was not safe to do so. “Flint was a casualty of arrogance, disdain and failure of management, an absence of accountability,” Schuette said.

Reuters reported:

“Some critics have called for high-ranking state officials, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, to be charged. Snyder has said he believed he had not done anything criminally wrong. Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton said by email that the state remains committed to helping Flint recover.”

If found guilty, the officials face prison terms of up to 20 years and/or fines. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver told Reuters that the new indictments reveal the failure of the much-maligned emergency manager system adopted by the state, noting that the people making the decisions that directly endangered the people of Flint are not beholden to the city themselves. In fact, the emergency manager’s answer to the state, not the local government. The EM system has come under fire recently for its mismanagement of Flint, in addition to its mishandling of debt at Detroit public schools.

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