As the Flint water crisis drags on into its fourth year, the Michigan attorney general’s office has filed manslaughter charges against five government officials, including the director of the state’s health department.
The director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Nick Lyon, also faces a felony count of misconduct.
The lead-tainted water in Flint has obviously contributed to a host of potential long-term health risks but, more immediately, has caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. A disease that has already contributed to almost a dozen deaths.
These tragic deaths are what lead to legal charges.
Attorney General Bill Schuette charged four government officials on Wednesday, in addition to the Michigan State Health Department Director.
Those facing involuntary manslaughter charges include:
- Stephen Busch, a former water supervisor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Darnell Earley, who served as a state-appointed emergency manager for Flint
- Howard Croft, the former director of the city’s public works department
- Liane Shekter-Smith, the chief of the state’s Office of Drinking Water
- Nick Lyon, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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