Nine former Michigan officials including the former government. Rick Snyder was indicted Thursday for his role in the Flint Water Crisis. A prosecutor said that the case “in the end, the people will eventually be held accountable.”
Snyder, 62, and eight other people working under him are facing a series of accusations that stemmed from the water supply switch in 2014 that exposed Flint residents to lead and Legionnaires’ disease Risk level.
Michigan Attorney General Fadwa Hammoud told reporters: “Let me first say that the flint and water crisis is not a relic of the past.” “At present, the people of Flint continue to suffer the complete failure of public officials at all levels of government. , They seriously trampled on their trust and evaded the accountability system for too long.”
State Attorney Dana Nessel appointed Hammood and Wayne County Attorney Kym Worthy to investigate the case and ruled out her predecessor Bill Schuette. ).
Nessel is a Democrat, and Schuette is a Republican like Snyder. He lost his bid for governor in 2016.
Worthy said: “This case has nothing to do with party affiliation.” “It has to do with human dignity, the total abstention of the Flint people and, finally, finally, the responsibility of the people.”
She added: “This is a pure, simple case involving justice, truth, responsibility, poisoning children, losing lives, and broken families. These families are still incomplete, but just cause harm to all mankind.”
Earlier Thursday, Snyder pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges in a virtual court appearance by Judge Christopher Odette of Genesee County.
Odette set the deposit at $10,000 and ordered Snyder not to travel in Michigan until at least the next court date.
The former two-term governor spoke to the judge in a pavilion in the county jail. He was wearing a mask and sitting next to his defense lawyer Brian Lennon.
Lennon called the case against Snyder “fragile” and said “the whole situation is puzzling.”
He said in a statement: “It would be ridiculous to waste additional taxpayer funds to pursue these false misdemeanor charges.”
Nick Lyon, the former health director of Michigan, has been indicted for involuntary homicide of nine people with Legionnaires’ Disease. He also pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
The other state officials charged are:
- The former Chief Medical Officer of Michigan, Dr. Eden Wells, was also charged with nine counts of involuntary negligence, two counts of misconduct and one count of deliberate negligence.
- Richard Baird served as a senior adviser to Governor Snyder and was accused of perjury, improper duties, obstruction of justice, and extortion.
- Snyder’s former communications director Jarrod Agen was accused of giving false testimony in connection with his testimony to the state prosecutor.
- Darnell Earley was charged with two misconducts for his work as a state-appointed emergency manager in Flint.
- Another former emergency manager, Gerald Ambrose (Gerald Ambrose), was charged with various office misconduct.
- Flint’s former director of public works Howard Croft (Howard Croft) was charged with two counts of deliberate negligence.
- Nancy Peeler, who was the head of the Early Childhood Department of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, was charged with two misconducts in his duties and one charge of deliberate negligence.
Residents of the majority black city of Flint have been working hard for years to recover because they rely on bottled water as their main source of clean water and their property value has been compromised.
Today, tests show that Flint’s water is safe to drink, but many residents have expressed doubts about government officials, saying they still don’t trust the city’s water.
The Snyder government switched Flint from Detroit’s water supply system to the Flint River in 2014 to reduce costs. This move proved disastrous, exposing Flint residents to lead pollution in the untreated river water from the new water supply.
Michigan reached a class action lawsuit with Flint residents whose health was affected in August, reaching a settlement agreement of $600 million, establishing a fund from which residents can apply for compensation.