Four officials in charge of Flint's water, including two who reported directly to Governor Rick Snyder, have been named in the fourth round of charges announced by the MI attorney general's office as it investigates the city's water crisis.
Croft and Daugherty were both officials at Flint's city water plant and were part of the decision to make the switch from using water from Detroit to obtaining the water from the corrosive Flint River.
Flint water became contaminated with lead after Flint River became the city's drinking water source in April 2014, endangering the health of thousands in the city, which boasts a predominately African-American community. Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, who were tasked with overseeing the beleaguered city's finances between 2013 and 2015, were accused of false pretenses, conspiracy to commit false pretenses, misconduct in office, and willful neglect.
During a press conference in Flint, Schuette told reporters that the defendants conspired to operate the city's water treatment plant when it was not safe to do so. Croft and Johnson each face a total of up to 40 years in prison.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says the charges are actually an indictment on the state emergency manager system. Many still rely on bottled water, which can be picked up free at distribution centers in Flint. Apparently, at the same time, a city water plant was put in use that was not equipped to treat water properly from Flint River.
April 20: Two state officials and a local official are charged with evidence tampering and other crimes in the MI attorney general's investigation - the first to be levied in a probe that later rises to nine public officials.
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"Justice for Flint families is important and I support ongoing investigations, led by the facts, which seek to hold those who caused this crisis responsible", Kildee said.
Two former emergency managers in Flint, Mich.
Previously, Earley was (figuratively) eviscerated in his Flint testimony in March by California Rep. Ted Lieu, who argued against Earley's claims that Flint was a water treatment issue, and not a leadership one.
It's been almost a year since Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, where a man-made public health crisis embroiled his administration in scrutiny and led to criminal charges against a number of public officials.
He also said 12 people in Flint have died from the water-borne Legionnaires' disease in Flint, though it is not yet confirmed whether or not these deaths were linked to the lead toxins found in the water supply. Chief Investigator Andy Arenas said at Tuesday's press conference.