Michigan Health Department Director Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis
The director of Michigan’s Department of Health , Nick Lyon, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office in the Flint Water Crisis. Both are felonies. The state's chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, will be charged with obstruction of justice along with four other officials, including the former Flint emergency manager and former director of public works, are also being charged with involuntary manslaughter. The charges comes after an investigation led by the Michigan attorney general. Pneumonia spread throughout the city when the water source to the city switched. Lyon allegedly knew about the outbreak but failed to alert the public. At least 12 people were killed and more than 70 people were sickened, leading to the involuntary manslaughter.
Flints water became contaminated after lead from the cities pipes got into it; discoloring and giving smell to the water.
"Mr. Lyon failed in his responsibilities to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Flint," Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette said at a press conference Wednesday.
Written by Clarke Jones