Report: Officials in Flint Could Face Manslaughter Charges Following Deaths Linked to Water Crisis

A special counsel in charge of investigating the city’s water crisis said that local officials could possibly face involuntary manslaughter charges after at least nine people died after contracting Legionnaires’ disease. Some authorities believe that the outbreak could be linked to contamination due to city officials switching the water supply to the Flint River, exposing thousands to water that contained dangerously high amounts of lead because of pipes used by the city. In a statement to Detroit News, Todd Flood said, “We’re here to investigate what possible crimes there are, anything to the involuntary manslaughter or death that may have happened to some young person or old person because of this poisoning, to misconduct in office. We take this very seriously.” There’s no word yet on when the investigation will be complete.

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