Criminal Charges Filed Against Six State Officials Over Flint Water Scandal, But Problem goes Far Deeper
While the criminal charges against the officials is an important first step, the root causes of the crisis – the system of emergency management – have not been tackled explains Rev. David Alexander Bullock of Change Agent Consortium
Frank Hammer and Rev. David Bullock say growing outrage over unelected Emergency Managers, Flint’s water crisis and Detroit’s crumbling school system will help collect the 790,000 signatures needed to recall Gov. Rick Snyder
Detroit faces dual crises: The cash-strapped city doesn’t have enough money to pay its teachers and has begun shutting off water to up to 20,000 residents who are behind on their water bill
“Here’s To Flint” is an exhaustive probe into how the city of Flint was left exposed to lead-tainted drinking water for nearly two years. Criminal charges have been filed against three public officials: Mike Glasgow, Flint’s laboratory and water quality supervisor; Mike Prysby, a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality official; and Stephen Busch, the Lansing district coordinator for the DEQ’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance. These charges range from manipulating water sampling and misleading federal regulatory officials to tampering with evidence. The documentary is based on the work of ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette.
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