BREAKING: Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other ex-officials have been told they’ll be charged in the Flint water scandal, two people with knowledge of the planned prosecution tell AP. Lead-contaminated water devastated the majority Black city.
DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned.
Two people with knowledge of the planned prosecution told the AP on Tuesday that the attorney general’s office has informed defense lawyers about indictments in Flint and told them to expect initial court appearances soon. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
ADVERTISEMENTThe AP could not determine the nature of the charges against Snyder, former health department director Nick Lyon and others who were in the Snyder administration. Courtney Covington Watkins, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, said only that investigators were “working diligently” and “will share more as soon as we’re in a position to do so.” headtopics.com
Snyder’s attorney didn’t return calls seeking comment.Snyder, a Republican who has been out of office for two years, was governor when state-appointed managers in Flint switched the city’s water to the Flint River in 2014 as a cost-saving step while a pipeline was being built to Lake Huron. The water, however, was not treated to reduce corrosion — a disastrous decision affirmed by state regulators that caused lead to leach from old pipes and spoil the distribution system used by nearly 100,000 residents.
The disaster made Flint a nationwide symbol of governmental mismanagement, with residents lining up for bottled water and parents fearing that their children had suffered permanent harm. The crisis was highlighted as an example of environmental injustice and racism.
At the same time, bacteria in the water was blamed for an outbreak of Legionnaires’. Legionella bacteria can emerge through misting and cooling systems, triggering a severe form of pneumonia, especially in people with weakened immune systems. Authorities counted at least 90 cases in Genesee County, including 12 deaths.
The outbreak was announced by Snyder and Lyon in January 2016, although Lyon conceded that he knew that cases were being reported many months earlier.In 2018, Lyon was ordered to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges after a special prosecutor accused him of failing to timely inform the public about the outbreak. His attorneys argued there was not enough solid information to share earlier with the public. headtopics.com
By June 2019, the entire Flint water investigation was turned upside down after more than three years and millions of dollars. Prosecutors working under a new attorney general, Dana Nessel, dismissed the case against Lyon as well as charges against seven more people and said the probe would start anew.
The decision didn’t affect seven people who had already pleaded no contest to misdemeanors. They cooperated with investigators and their records were eventually scrubbed clean.Testimony at court hearings had raised questions about when Snyder knew about the Legionnaires’ outbreak. His urban affairs adviser, Harvey Hollins, told a judge that the governor was informed on Christmas Eve 2015. But Snyder had told reporters three weeks later, in January 2016, that he had just learned about it.Read more: The Associated Press »
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About time! Justice!! How the people of michigan allowed their politicians to take over their local legislations Call MI AG and MI Governor, charges should be at FELONY level, not the Misdemeanor level! Can you verify this? Is this all he gets if convicted? 'Snyder, a Republican who left office two years ago, is facing two counts of willful neglect, both misdemeanors which each carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000.'
It’s a misdemeanor charge! About damn time. Well it's about time! Another joke! They aren’t being charged for their crimes. They’re getting a slap on the wrist so that breaking news like this appears. It should say...their crimes have been minimized with misdemeanor charges while their felonies are ignored.
usambovu It was overdue!! Why is water in the river bad and why is this point being ignored? maddow The amount of disinformation, manipulated data, and gameplaying from Portland Water Comms/officials - as they double down - is unacceptable and harmful! “It’s delicious water,” Fritz said. “It provides us with this really amazing drinking water” 💧+🍼=☣️
What a joke... he’s charged with only 2 counts of willful neglect of duty, each is punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine? They should force Snyder and the 8 other ex-officials to use the same quality (lead-contaminated) water for the rest of their lives. As you have witnessed yesterday, MI_Republicans, MISenate, it may take time, but elected state officials can be held accountable for their malfeasance and betrayals of trust. Your abuses of power will not be forgotten.
He literally was fined $1000 and got 2 misdemeanor charges...what a joke Stick him a cell with trump and let them drink that water! 💯 GET EM Trump should be held accountable along with all the Senators and representatives who supported the stolen election thing. If people would read they would know that MI, PA and WI voted Democratic in every election since 1992 except 2016.
This is how Trump tricked people they don’t read facts He drunk filtered water Rick Snyder has been auditioning for an audience of one. Joe biden. He came out in publicly endorsed Joe Biden for his presidential run. I swear to fucking Christ if Joe Biden intervenes on Snyder's behalf they will lose the midterms. People already distrust the government.
Good! Livid that this is all he is being charged with! Unacceptable! Lock them up and make them drink water from the Flint river for their entire incarceration. DarrelTrump Shameful! Important new scoop on Rick Snyder: Juzwik Too little too late when will fauci and other govt agents be hanged for treason for the plannedemic?
USA has fair justice, but hard to reach out Orcs in suits. scottsantens Is Obama going to be held accountable, too. Do you remember the news coverage of him drinking the water and then saying it tastes fine. Report that SCOTUS election fraud cases are still pending 1. Republican Party of PA V Brockvar, 20-542 2. Mike Kelly et al v PA, 20A98 3. Trump v Biden, 20-882 4. Trump v Brockvar, 20-845 5. Scarnati v PA Dem Party, 20-574 6. Trump v Wisconsin Elections comm, 20-883
Reminder: The Biden Campaign paraded this man's endorsement. Oh good, another politically driven witchhunt. The ONLY people who are culpable are the shitheads in the Flint Water Department who failed to treat high sulfate water with rust inhibitors. If they had followed basic water chemistry guidelines, this doesn't happen.
RealDLHughley About damn time! larryluv_314 Good! Believe me, it’s heartbreaking to see the effects of lead poisoning. I know from experience What type of leaders are these guys that they would purposely knowingly contaminate the water of the citizens that elected them. Well sound Eerie familiar. God created us in his image. Did they know that the actual images are of a brown skin person? Not a good plan to head up! 🤔
Great. Sentence them to a lifetime of drinking the very same poisoned water that they foisted on Flint Some justice finally! Scandal? How about EMERGENCY. AP come on. How is this not fixed yet FINAL FUCKING LEEEEEEE 🗣🇺🇸WHEN THE MOST HIGH FATHER YAHAWAH OMNIPRESENCE WRATH IS KINDLED AGAINST THE WICKED ONES(who are Satan’s children) NO MAN DEMONS CAN STAND. This exposure is one examples of an unforeseen purposeful unveiling in which the wicked are blinded and the righteous can see clearly.
accoutabilitymatters Republicans agenda clearly is 'only' the preservation of the status quo by stemming the erosion of the privileged status of white Christian & the Wealthiest America. We must have an education & business model infrastructure that caters to the middle class to prosper in fairness. 1) why has this taken so long 2)why has the issue not been fixed
MMFlint must be smiling today. Thanks for all you did I’m your fight for justice for the residents of Flint. Merrick's revenge begins. 😊 Bring them all down, Garland. 🥰 Why? I was assured the water was safe to drink? Are they going to charge those in the EPA who signed off on this? Or just Gov. Snyder? I recall there was lots of blame to go around for this from local politicians, to the EPA to Snyder and his office.
About time. Its something, can another agency move in to help the people of flint dealing with health issues because of this and on top of a pandemic all while being one of the poorest places in the US. Jail the fucker. Fuck yeah! Throw the book at them. It's about time. Snyder is accountable for this crime and the deaths and illness that followed. Remember, Trump visited Flint and said Snyder was going a great job.
Deliberate and calculated, to poison the black and poor population. Another example of how TrumpGenocide can happen with subtlety. ProgressiveJoey Flint Or just the city... AmakaUbakaTV You got it right here. lol 😂 Don’t worry Rick. Pardon is on the way. 😉 It's About Damn Time!! LockThemAllUp EVILDOERS
I watched the documentary about the Flint water crisis, it appeared that Obama basically left people to get poisoned and laughed at them whilst doing so as he sipped his water? I'm happy to be wrong but honestly don't think I am? It's on all of them who didn't help! The source of the violence was the people's dissatisfaction with the election ambiguities, And violation of freedom of expression by not allowing the dissenting voice to be reflected in the media and some media rooted and supported hidden by iran not the demand for a legal rally
What about BarackObama and JoeBiden they didn't shit about it for 8 years. My question is WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO FIX THE PROBLEM? Lock him up. About damned time. Finally. HQEDphd AP is fake news. Finally! Geez, why did it take so freaking long! This is justice, I live close to Flint and have been waiting for this.
Netflix have a great documentary on it, well worth watching, a real eye opener. Good This sets precedent for tRump to be charged for his official 'Infect Everyone With Covid-19' policy. This week just keeps getting better and better! FlintWaterCrisis Flintwaterscandal flint RickSnyder flintwater water
Well it’s about goddamn time. The prospect of the environmental injustice done to Flint, Michigan receiving justice feels so good. Meanwhile, the fresh spring water nearby has been leased out at rock bottom prices to a water bottle manufacturer. jenga_ca About fucking time Are Flint residents still dealing with the terrible water?
It's about time. Throw the book at them for every person they've harmed. And take every cent they have to help fund the replacement of the Flint water system. 2021 should a year of accountability. Alyssa_Milano A few years back I had the pleasure of meeting students from Flint here in Manhattan at the Associated Press Building.
Wtf digitalspaz Obama thought it was good enough to drink... Snyder supported Biden, so he deserves everything that he gets. Thank God! And thank you Michael Moore. theProgSoapbox About time! About f’ing time Aretha Franklin was very concerned about this matter! About time. FlintWaterCrisis It’s about time.
Mark my word, if Whitchmer gets a position at the WH she’ll pardon Snyder. Just watch! He’ll walk! Alyssa_Milano Let the reckoning flow, been a long long time coming, traveling on a road of blood + tears. 👍👍 Alyssa_Milano It's about time!! This story has always been heartbreaking & it’s about time that charges are being brought up. So many lives were ruined by this negligence. I just hope ppl are actually held accountable.
kathylslaughter Thanks for prosecution even late. Flint was poisoned by switch to cheaper water source WTH has taken so long? Great. Arrest BarackObama too because he did nothing to help POC dying from tainted water. stunts 😮You could knock me over with a feather right now Finally!! Alyssa_Milano Thought Obama said it was ok?
Alyssa_Milano About time. I hope that appointed manager guy is one of them. It's only been like 7 fucking years, way to really put in that work, bet they still don't got fucking clean water too Bout damned time. Hopefully accountability becomes a trend in politics. It took friggin Forever!! Good news What took so long? Oh, yeah, black majority city!
Accountability! Don’t charge him. His punishment should be that him and his family have to drink that same water for one year straight everyday. Great News It took 10 years. Institutionalized systemic racism About bloody time About time!!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you Finally, are you listening Obama. Why did it take so long?
Another lie sponsored by internet trolls and the tinhat gang. Good Way overdue. 👏👏👏 If someone maliciously and purely for greed caused mental retardation in my child I’d spend my life devoted to justice & revenge. He’s lucky he’s alive. About time! Make them pay!! I remember Obama there and touting the water was okay. Completely devastated by that. He was suppose to be looking out for us!
Maybe add in OBAMA! After all, he was the THUG that was in on this too. Oh, maybe AP wants to blame Trump for this too. Trow the book 📖 📚 at them LETS GOOOOOO About time Good. It's about time. nicknrm01 It’s about time. About time!!! FlintWaterCrisis IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME Accountability for all, finally. And fix the water supply system.
He was responsible and knew what was going on in Flint all along. Just like he tried to lay blame on Detroit for not having interstate lighting on (pre-LED lighting), when he was asked by a journalist. Interstates are the responsibility of the state, not the city. Perspective, if a terrorist group poisoned a US water supply it would be considered an act of war w/ trillions dedicated to revenge. US politicians do it w/ 3,800 municipals double the lead levels of Flint & the nation is blind?
Roxy4080 Do the people in Flint have clean water yet? maddow It's far, far beyond time for them to face accountability. Accountability coming soon Justice! They were clearly trying to commit genocide on the Flint residents based on their race! accountability I think this bad water is what killed my dear friend.
Hopefully with murder for the people who died from Legionnaires disease. Finally. About freaking time! WTF took so long Accountability. Everybody needs to come clean. Great. Toss Obama in there while we're at it. I’m glad there are steps towards accountability. What about a certain auto manufacturer? It took so long This should have happened years ago
Konducta4LFE It's about time too. This has to be one of the biggest industrial fuck ups in American corporate history. Its up there with DuPont. Lets hope these bastards see the inside of a prison cell for a very long time it won't matter unless he/they sit in a *hitty cell - does Rick Snyder have net worth 200+ million (?) doubtful they see cockroaches but ytbd
Hip hip hooray! maddow NEXT STEPS FBI AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WILL USE ANTIFA TO ATTACK WHITE HOUSE AND CAPITOL BUILDINGS. THEY WILL DRESS AS TRUMP SUPPORTERS. Trump supporters will be designated domestic terrorists. You heard it here first. shaunking If Trumps speech was so inflammatory, why haven’t any of the news outlets been playing it? Why don’t they have a clip of Trump calling for a riot? Because it doesn’t exist. That’s why. Not even CNN has played it...
Finalllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyy!! I would make he, his co conspirators and their families drink and bathe in the polluted water they thought was fine for the residents of Flint! But did they fixed the water is the question, am I late,did they? this isn't april 1, is it? Lock him up! Whoa awesome! That’s a start...
😭😭😭🙏 RoyalHoeliness They should be drawn and quartered. HNTurtledove Harry, I grew up in the Flint area. You have never tweeted anything so welcome. They were really guilty We’ll believe it when the indictments come down I’ll always wonder why obama did that. It was totally out of character for him. Something was behind that. It was truly the low point of his presidency.
shaunking Good maddow It’s about time. this is what modern genocide looks like FlintWaterCrisis I'm from Michigan, snyder was just as bad as trump, he had a private slush fund from the start to bribe officials way before the water crises. We tried to petition the removal in his first term to no avail then he poisoned our poorest community!
Charge this guy for mishandling it as well. What took so long! LOCK THEM UP!!!!! deathpenalty 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 Lock them up and throw away the key ErinBrockovich they’re hosting this in your legacy! What about Obama? Head out to one of his multi million dollar Home/Bribes and drag his ass in for conspiring to continue a crime against humanity!
get that scumbag get him Donatog87 immichaelmoore ABOUT FUCKING TIME! That river caught on FIRE 2 TWO FUCKING TIMES Hopefully Like prison it’s about time!!! It's call payback! Evil in their hearts! The best news today. Oh well abelinasabrina Sucks it took this long but whatever This day is turning into all kinds of awesome.
bansheeball bro!!! About time. About damn time! This Is a good place to Follow the money Elf MooseAllain For a moment I thought this was from your thread. Finally!! Could it be the worm is beginning to turn!! Oh I'm sure you and your husband are thinking of children. So deserved It’s about damn time. One tough nerd. Fuck him. LockHimUp
cnnbrk About time freedom in social media for TRUMP 👁️ I wonder if this will be in BarackObama 's multi volume biography. Glad Biden enthusiastically took this fraud’s endorsement. Maybe he can actually fix the crisis this time missingahzu They had plenty to prosecute years ago. Black/Brown and any other people affected should be compensated behind this BS!
Merrick Garland is coming! maddow Bravo!! Finally! 👏👏👏👏👏👍 It takes years to gather a case in order to have a successful result. HillaryWarnedUs About damn time. maddow Kind of a coincidence that he's getting charged with it now when Biden is about to take over. I doubt he’ll a punishing sentence, he will probably have a brief stint in jail or even probation.
maddow I hate that this has taken so long, but I love that it’s happening right now so as to remind everyone involved with the insurrection at the Capitol that we will get to all of you, eventually... About damn time! Yes!!!!! _____ We're only human. We need water. How is this hard to understand ... FlintWaterCrisis
maddow Good! About time. 2021 is very different than 2020. Accountability cooperchip1 It's about goddamn time. Now, can we get the fucking water fixed? I suspect it'll cost less than that 500 billion dollar stock market bailout that lasted 2 whole hours. Remember that? half a trillion gone in 2 hours.
mehdirhasan OMG It's about freaking time! Flint Do lead based children taste funny? Okay that was incredibly wrong in the terms of how those people suffered. My heart goes out to those families and the ones you hurt as well. Make them accountable and the government needs to stop hurting people period. I’m sad for all.
It took YEARS too long. About time. So this solves the water problem? Does this fix the pipes and filtration system? Good, hold them accountable like tRump will be. maddow YES. Finally justice for the people. maddow WTF took so long?!! REPUBLICAN Snyder As punishment, the babies of Rick Snyder's ancestors should be forced to have their baby formula made from Flint water.
flint obamaflint Waiting for JoeBiden and KamalaHarris to denounce Rick Snyder’s endorsement. About time. As a Michigander, I’m thrilled justice will be done. Devastated is an understated word. Needs to be stronger. PRRisk333 It’s about time! About freakin’ time! Deliberate & willful, Racially-centric homocide.
polly_andry Finally. Some justice for Flint, even Obama turned his back on them for his own selfish interest. This was long overdue Things you love to see: It Justice comes late, but better late than never. and if it were not a majority black city how would that change the story? And when are they gonna fix the problem
Fuck yea. Obama needs to be lumped in too for covering it up What took so damn long? That's what I want to know. BarackObama This Just In FlintWaterCrisis About fricking time. I love to play “guess political affiliation” for these scumbag politicians who are caught. I always choose one party over the other and I usually get it right.
Remember when Joe bragged about this endorsement? So overdue, but so glad to see this. Because of how long this took they need to cut those people in Michigan a big check Flint, 2016 fuck YES HNTurtledove About time. So, what about Obama’s role in downplaying the crisis? He went to Flint and pretended to drink the water and then just left. I’ll never forget that he did that.
What took them so long? Almost 7 years! Holy W Damn, Republicans. 💀 Steph56Renee Long overdue. I hope it's not just for show. Oh good, can't wait to hear about their 60 hours of community service. Very long over due raysquaredart What about the citizens Detroit majority black city you have got to be kidding thank goodness for A P breaking news
maddow Yes!!! It's about time!!! Lock them up 💯 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🔥 Good. Finally, Rick Synder is a criminal. He knew the water was poison because GM told him. The water Rick switched to destroyed their cars. He gave his staff bottled water and let children be harmed with legionairs disease. Thank God! It's reaping time.
Now, FIX it! I hope they face justice!! Finally some good news,,, mehdirhasan Water justice on its way... FlintWaterCrisis Flint DarkWaters LOCK THEM UP!!!!!! I really like Obama.......but in one documentary he mocked and laughed off the problem. True, not fake news! shannonrwatts good! FINALLY! 28 years please
'Bout fucking time! JoyAnnReid Shameful!!! After years, it took an Insurrection. Help and Justice will come, residents of Flint. YES!!!!!! FUCKING YES!!!!!! It's about time onetoughnerd got what was coming to him. The amount of lifelong suffering he caused thousands of people is unforgivable. Lock his ass up and lose the key.
Some chickens finally coming home to roost JoyAnnReid About time BreeNewsome DrAndreEvans see?!?!? maddow Have try started trying to fix the water system yet? maddow Thanks to Rachel being obsessed with this early on! Well done Rachel! itsgabrielleu 2 months probation , 1 week of community service, and a “don’t t do it again”. We know how y’all prosecute each other for crimes against black people
Is the water clean now? maddow This is justice for those poisoned with direct intent that it would happen to those most vulnerable: the black community. maddow Finally! The DemoNo.crats and Bai.dun ... will be Arrested..Where are FBI.. CIA..Militaries to arrest the FALSIFICATORS of 'elections' ... Or ALL of Them are RRRulling from DemoNo.crats Maffia. Trump must Arrest this Ma.Fa. ... This DemoNo.crats Maffia is infiltrated also in Rep. party...
Snyder was governor when state managers switched the city’s water to the Flint River in 2014 as a cost-saving step while a pipeline was being built to Lake Huron. The water was not treated to reduce corrosion, which caused lead to leach from old pipes. No concern for children at all. He should be charged.
DanielleKoonce interesting Should be charged...evil POS . Will Former Members of the Flint City Government also be Charged? Where any Bond Measures put forth to resolve the problem? If not Why if so were those Bond Measures Then subsequently voted down by the Flint Residents cause they didn't want to pay more in taxes. Serious?s here.
rick00979 Ireland0828 RT rick00979 About f-ing time!!! Well this IS good news. Finally!! rick00979 After how many years?😢 Mini Wiconi! These comments are funny and show that most people don't know how the Flint water crisis came about. I'm glad they're going after him for a whole different reason. Let’s keep this accountability going for Republican criminals.
I hope they save us the tax dollars for a trial just like when they saved money by poisoning black children. Good. Excellent!! BreeNewsome This is JUST now happening? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Excellent. They poisoned thousands and damaged a generation of children. Lock them up and take every penny they own for restitution.
JuddLegum It's about time.. It's now time to charge the mayor and council of Sycamore, Illinois for denying the lead lines water mains contaminating the town and making people and animals sick. I watched the documentary about this, truly devastating Took long enough. Just make them and their families drink the Flint water for the rest of their lives.
Good. Will be just a slap on the waist, the max. I'm guessing that somehow they'll try to throw Witmer under the bus. Good. I hope they get put in prison for this. BOUT DAMN TIME Good. People need to go to prison for what happened Wasn’t Obama part of that? Let’s hold him accountable. JuddLegum Good. Ase. This sorry episode of contaminated water in Flint and the corruption involved is very similar in events to other towns and cities. Just watched film Black Water about Dupont in West Virginia. Recommended.
VoLinxx FINALLY! Some accountability. Hopefully progress towards clean water following this This is amazing wait only Snyder's admin? WTF IS THIS SHIT? From the reports I read, how govt works and COMMON FUCKING SENSE, this was NOT JUST SYNDER'S ADMINS FAULT!! There were ppl in city, state and fed (yes EPA YOU) that need to be held accountable
It’s about time. Let’s see how they follow through. Long overdue So Obama was wrong Fancy that. It’s about damn time.