Three State and City Officials Facing Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis
More than a dozen criminal charges were filed Wednesday against three officials in Michigan as part of a months-long probe into the tainted water crisis in Flint. The charges are the first to stem from the catastrophe — which potentially exposed nearly 100,000 residents to water tainted with lead — but could mark only the beginning of a broadening investigation.
The felony and misdemeanor charges were approved Wednesday morning by Genesee County District Court Judge Tracy L. Collier-Nix, and are expected to be formally announced later in the afternoon by Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette.
Flint employee Michael Glasgow is facing charges of tampering with evidence after allegedly altering water testing results to show artificially low levels of lead in the city’s water, according to media reports. He also faces a charge of willful neglect of office, court records show.
Two Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees, Steven Busch and Michael Prysby, also were criminally charged on Wednesday with misconduct in office and conspiracy to tamper with evidence, as well as violations of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, court records show.
None of the three men has been arraigned, and they were not in court Wednesday morning when warrants were issued, the Flint Journal reported.
These are merely fall guys, those who the powers that be feel could be spared to satisfy the eager masses, but at least this is a small degree of movement.