Top State Health Official Criminally Charged in Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

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This past week, Michigan’s Attorney General criminally charged the state’s top health official, and four other officials, with involuntary manslaughter for their roles in the Flint water crisis.  Nick Lyon, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, reportedly failed to report an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that contributed to the death of at least a dozen Flint residents.  Lyon was reportedly aware of the outbreak in 2015 but didn’t notify the public until a year later.  According to court documents, he “willfully disregarded the deadly nature of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak,” and later saying “[we] can’t save everyone,” and “everyone has to die of something.”

Since the Flint water crisis occurred, 15 state and local officials being criminally charged.