Flint, MI –Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed new charges today in the investigation into the Flint Water Crisis. Standing with members of his team of investigators, Schuette announced he has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, as well as two Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials with involuntary manslaughter in connection with their alleged failure to act in the Flint Water Crisis. Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS Chief Medical Executive, was also charged with lying to a peace officer and obstruction of justice related to an alleged attempt to stop an investigation into the health crisis in Flint. Mayor Karen Weaver released the following statement after learning of the latest charges filed in the investigation:
“I’ve said from the very beginning, anyone who had a part in the man-made water disaster that occurred in the City of Flint needs to be held accountable. The deaths that happened because of Legionnaires’ disease has been yet another tragedy the people of Flint have been faced with as a result of the water crisis. Manslaughter is a serious charge. It’s good to see that state Attorney General Schuette and his team are taking this matter seriously by bringing such serious charges against those who they believe didn’t do enough to address this public health threat, or to alert the Flint community about it.
I hope that Flint residents will see these charges and know that the fight for justice continues. We all are waiting to see what else the investigation uncovers.”