What happened in Flint, Michigan should have led to the criminal prosecution of corrupt city officials (and other reputable leaders who knew what was going on) after a population of already vulnerable people were poisoned by the city’s public water supply.
The local government in Flint knew beforehand that the city’s water supply was toxic to residents prior to the day the crisis made national headlines. But now, some type of justice may finally be rendered to a number of the youngest victims of the Flint water crisis.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the government bureaucracies responsible for allowing this travesty to happen. The suit was filed Tuesday (October 18th) in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan.
The 130-page ACLU complaint lodges a barrage of well-founded accusations against the Michigan Department of Education, the Genesee County Intermediate School District and Flint Community Schools. All of these bureaus knew for 18 months that dangerous amounts of lead were being distributed in the schools that used Flint’s drinking water.
The ACLU’s class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of 15 children between the ages of 3 and 17. It is well-known that lead poisoning causes children to have learning disabilities when they consume water that is tainted with the toxin.
“The state has put every student at risk of disability. We need systemic relief that is broad and deep and touches every child in the community,” said Jessica Levin of the Education Law Center. Levin is one of the attorneys who is working on this case.
The Detroit Free Press also reported that other lawsuits have been filed in the wake of the Flint water crisis as well. One of the defendants in another case is Michigan governor Rick Snyder. Deaths have resulted from the consumption of poisonous water in Flint, Michigan. It’s still an outrage that no one has been criminally indicted for this travesty.