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(Reuters) – Michigan prosecutors on Tuesday charged four former government officials with criminal conspiracy to violate safety rules in connection with the Flint water crisis, which exposed residents to dangerous levels of lead, local media reported.

Former state-appointed emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose and former city employees Howard Croft, a public works superintendent, and Daugherty Johnson, a utilities manager, were the latest to be charged in the case, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Schuette, who filed the charges in the 67th District Court in Flint, said the defendants conspired to operate the city’s water treatment plant when it was not safe to do so, the newspaper reported.

Michigan has been at the center of a public health crisis since last year, when tests found high amounts of lead in blood samples taken from children in Flint, a predominantly black city of about 100,000.

Schuette had previously brought charges against eight former and current state employees and one city employee in connection with the crisis.

Flint’s water contamination was linked to an April 2014 decision by a state-appointed emergency manager to switch the city’s water source to the Flint River from Lake Huron in an attempt to cut costs.

The more corrosive river water caused lead to leach from city pipes into the drinking water. The city switched back to the previous water system in October 2015.

Lead can be toxic, and children are especially vulnerable. The crisis has prompted lawsuits by parents who say their children have shown dangerously high levels of lead in their blood.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Dan Grebler)

IMAGE: The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

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25 Comments

  1. Godzilla December 20, 2016

    A great example of the failure and racism of Democrats.

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    1. Bill Smith 999935 December 20, 2016

      These inner cities will never learn.

      1. Wrily December 21, 2016

        Another “me too” bigot.

        1. Bill Smith 999935 December 22, 2016

          No, just an observer of consistent trends.

          1. Wrily December 22, 2016

            You don’t know what you’re talking about. The disaster in Flint was brought from outside. It was brought by Republicans. It was brought by a white man named Snyder. The only trend observable is Godzilla the ignorant bigoted troll. That makes you another “me too” ignorant bigoted troll.

          2. Bill Smith 999935 December 22, 2016

            You are just a bitter liberal, like the rest of them. MAGA !!

          3. Wrily December 22, 2016

            I’m bitter that a reckless RWNJ destroyed an entire city and will likely get away with it. I’m also a bit sad that you got short changed on brains.

          4. Bill Smith 999935 December 22, 2016

            Everyone knows it’s liberals and their policies that have destroyed these towns. Talk about short on brains.

          5. Wrily December 22, 2016

            Doubling down on the lie just makes you look more stupid, Bill

          6. Bill Smith 999935 December 22, 2016

            It just makes you look like a typical uneducated.liberal. Hopeless. Good thing the country has been getting it over the.past.eight.years and are systemically voting you out. It may hit the unner cities someday.

          7. Wrily December 22, 2016

            Your ignorance really seems boundless. Go ahead, show us some more.

          8. Bill Smith 999935 December 22, 2016

            It’s all true
            Fool.

          9. Wrily December 22, 2016

            I think you need some remedial troll schooling.

          10. Bill Smith 999935 December 23, 2016

            Since 2008, the number of Senate Democrats has declined by 10.2 percent; Democratic House members are down 19.3 percent; state legislators are off 20.3 percent; and there are 35.4 percent fewer Democratic governors. The only constants during that period are Barack Obama’s presidency and the Democratic Party. Fact.

          11. Wrily December 23, 2016

            Did you get tired of lying about what happened in Flint?

          12. Bill Smith 999935 December 24, 2016

            Libs. Maybe someday the Cons will take over and fix these inner cities. You libs just can’t handle the facts. MAGA !!

    2. johninPCFL December 20, 2016

      Sure. Snyder dictates in Michigan. The emergency city manager Snyder appointed (Kurtz) made the water source change. After he made the change, he “gave” the elected mayor “authority” over the pipeline.

    3. Wrily December 21, 2016

      You’re a great example of ignorance and bigotry.

  2. 1standlastword December 20, 2016

    Those people took their mandate from their republican governor Rick Snyder, who is using state of Michigan tax revenues to mount his defense but help me out here Mr. AG?: If he’s not on the AG’s hit list, why is he spending the People’s tax revenues to defend his mandate to save money that was the cause of the problem?

    And if I’m wrong and there is a case against him does that mean impeachment and prosecution? (By the way–the People tried that too and failed…on the technicality of language and spelling errors)

    http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/02/petition_to_recall_michigan_go.html

    And here is the most painful part and likely illegal: The poisoned people of Flint Michigan tried to sue Snyder and the Michigan Supreme court refused to hear the case.

    http://theweek.com/articles/601521/flint-water-victims-cant-sue-government-thats-another-crime

    The litigation would have to be brought by same AG that is NOW suing Snyder’s staff of EFMs! The law is biased against the people in Michigan.

    I hate to sound partisan but the truth is this is apparently how republicans are choosing to govern. The pattern is clear here and soon we’ll see it expressed at the federal level with Trump’s administration!

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    1. Jmz Nesky December 20, 2016

      With deregulation across the board earmarked by Trump’s word himself, it will be an open opportunity for the ruling criminal sect to run amok.. This is just the beginning.. What happened in Flint was hidden.. With deregulation it will be open season. Coming to an industry near you.

  3. leonardo311 December 20, 2016

    When I heard the the fed was going to pay 177 million to fix the problem . . . I wondered why we did not empty the bank accounts of all those responsible starting with the governor on down.

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  4. Jim Samaras December 20, 2016

    Let’s see, those are democratically controlled cities so it stands to reason those employees were hired by the local democratic party. Hmmmm, it sounds like we’re getting somewhere here. I wonder why the writer didn’t point that out?

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    1. Lola Johnson December 21, 2016

      Don’t know where you’ve been, Jim, but those were NOT democratically controlled cities. The governor took away their right to control their city and appointed an “emergency manager” to run the city. He had absolute control over every department and employee in the city. He was accountable ONLY to the governor who appointed him. There is no other state that has such a law. Michigan citizens voted it down, but the REPUBLICAN legislature passed it anyway in a lame duck session. It was a vicious power grab that could only have ended in disaster as it has. Also, the party doesn’t hire public employees, they are civil service.

    2. Wrily December 21, 2016

      Does that come naturally to you or do you have to work at being so ignorant?

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