Outrage Over Dropped Criminal Charges in Flint Water Scandal

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Flint residents expressed shock and outrage after criminal charges were dropped Thursday for eight defendants, as some said they feared public officials may never be held accountable for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis, The Detroit News reports.

Flint activists like Arthur Woodson, who attended nearly every preliminary hearing for each defendant in Flint’s courthouse, said he’s disappointed because the new prosecutors sprung the case dismissals on the public but haven’t “kept us in the loop telling us what’s going on.”

Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and pledged to start from scratch the investigation into one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history, the Associated Press reports.

The stunning decision came more than three years — and millions of dollars — after authorities began examining the roots of the scandal that left Flint’s water system tainted with lead. Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud, who took control of the investigation in January after the election of a new attorney general, said “all available evidence was not pursued” by the previous team of prosecutors.

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