Ex- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water disaster, which made the majority Black city a national symbol of government dereliction.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with willful neglect of duty after an investigation of ruinous decisions that left Flint with lead-contaminated water and a regional outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.The charges, revealed in an online court record, are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The charges are groundbreaking: No governor or former governor in Michigan’s 184-year history had been charged with crimes related to their time in that office, according to the state archivist.“We believe there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against Gov. Snyder,” defense attorney Brian Lennon said Wednesday night, adding that state prosecutors still hadn’t provided him with any details.
Lennon said Tuesday that a criminal case would be “outrageous.” Snyder and others were scheduled to appear in court Thursday, followed by a news conference by Attorney General Dana Nessel and prosecutors.Besides Snyder, a Republican who was governor from 2011 through 2018, charges are expected against other people, including former officials who served as his state health director and as a senior adviser. headtopics.com
The alleged offense date is April 25, 2014, when a Snyder-appointed emergency manager who was running the struggling, majority Black city carried out a money-saving decision to use the Flint River for water while a regional pipeline from Lake Huron was under construction.
The corrosive water, however, was not treated properly and released lead from old plumbing into homes in one of the worst manmade environmental disasters in U.S. history.Despite desperate pleas from residents holding jugs of discolored, skunky water, the Snyder administration took no significant action until a
doctor reportedelevated lead levels in children about 18 months later.“I’m sorry and I will fix it,” Snyder promised during his 2016 State of the State speech.Authorities counted at least 90 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County, including 12 deaths. Some experts found there was not enough chlorine in the water-treatment system to control legionella bacteria, which can trigger a severe form of pneumonia when spread through misting and cooling systems.
Thedisastermade Flint a national symbol of government dereliction, with residents forced to line up for bottled water and parents fearing their children had suffered permanent harm. Lead can damage the brain and nervous system and cause learning and behavior problems. The crisis was highlighted as an example of environmental injustice and headtopics.com
racism.More than 9,700 lead service lines at homes have been replaced. Flint’s water, which now comes from a Detroit regional agency, gets good marks, although many distrustful residents still use filters.ADVERTISEMENTThe criminal investigation has lasted five years under two teams of prosecutors. Todd Flood, who got misdemeanor convictions from seven people, was ousted in 2019 after the election of Nessel, a Democrat. Fadwa Hammoud subsequently
dropped chargesin eight pending cases and said the investigation would start over. She said the first team had failed to collect all available evidence.Separately, the state, Flint, a hospital and an engineering firm have agreed to a $641 million settlement with residents over the water crisis, with $600 million coming from Michigan. A judge said she hopes to decide by Jan. 21 whether to grant preliminary approval. Other lawsuits, including one against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are pending.Read more: The Associated Press »
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Should be a felony. 900 children have irreversible brain damage because of him. Crimes against humanity why weren’t people trying to kidnap him? 🤔 Misdemeanors? Seriously? Important scoop on Rick Snyder: how are there not more serious repercussions for so much human misery? the people affected by the flint water crisis are worth so much more than fines and a possible year in prison, ffs
a slap on the wrist for blatant, intentional human rights abuses Can some one please tell me how the 14th amendment is not being talked about enough I should say it almost speaks verbatim with what are president has done and it truly fixes the big problem please someone?POTUS NASA BarackObama foxandfriends joerogan JoeBiden
Imagine if I shoved lead down kids throats how much prison time I’d get. PhillyD about time. Finally. These guys are DIRECLTY responsible for allowing LEAD POISIONED water to be distributed and consumed by Flint residents and they are charged with MISDEMEANORS? Kids have PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE there!!!
johncusack That took an awfully long time Misdemeanor? 2 misdemeanors for letting an entire city get poisoned and not fixing it? Ight bro that makes literally no sense that’s like saying kwame kilpatrick gets fined 10k and 500 hours of community service for basically bankrupting the city of Detroit johncusack Misdemeanor? He killed, permanently disabled and caused extreme hardship on the people of Flint. WTF?
TeamSJW 2 misdemeanor counts? Jfc. People get more for possessing a bag of weed. He oversaw the poisoning of a whole town. The man should be charged with crimes against humanity. Misdemeanor charges means that he doesn't face any real punishment for his crimes Makes perfect sense...f up water supply to city and kill people $1000 fine...forget to put on seatbelt also $1000 fine...courts winning!
johncusack Misdemeanors? Dozens of people died of Legionnaire's Disease, 100,000 black children INTENTIONALLY poisoned, harmed for life, and Misdemeanor charges? America continuously shows Black people EXACTLY how much it hates us. WhiteSupremacyIsKillingMyCountry FlintWaterCrisis johncusack G A R B A G E!!! Should be felonies. I could've proved perjury. Dude ruined a generation of people's lives, then lied and covered it up with Baird and 2 misdemeanors? Looks like laws are only for the poors in the good ol U S of A.
Check out Jenn and Jordan of StatusCoup and their reporting on Flint/Snyder Snyder here... Now next time you'll have to write 100 sentences on the white board. johncusack Obama had a role to play in that i guess After al the suffering he’s caused, he’s charged with MISDEMEANORS! WTH! Talk about a miscarriage of justice.
Ffs he'll get 1yr probation then it'll be expunged from his record. Oh right, he's rich & connected, who am I fuckin kidding? instead of a slap on the wrist, he should be charges with manslaughter and other charges as well as paying victims for the deaths, diseases, and disabilities he helped cause. It’s too little (should be felony charges) and maybe too late given the destruction he caused.
This... isn’t good enough. Our judicial and executives branches of government failed the people in this case. fucking bullshit. all these people heads should be rolling. they are responsible for cruel suffering and even the poisoning deaths of people. if don't make the rich and powerful accountable they will do it again and again! this is not justice!!!!!!!
Accountability and Justice. Misdemeanors?!! misdemeanor😂 soledadobrien violadavis Wow, a misdemeanor for poisoning all those people. Must be nice to be above the law. MISDEMEANOR This headline reads like it ought to be satire. Misdemeanor? People DIED. Children were damaged for life. Wow, two misdemeanors, that's REALLY gonna show people why they shouldn't neglect their duties as elected officials.
It's not a surprise. He was neglectful to the most vulnerable whom he swore to protect.