Statement from state Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) on the criminal charges made by Attorney General Bill Schuette from his Flint water crisis investigation

Thursday, April 21, 2016

“It’s unconscionable to think that we have civil service employees in charge of testing the water that we drink, cook with and bathe in that would allegedly falsify results. In America, the presumption of innocent until proven guilty holds true. However, at the very minimum, this is a breach of public trust, and individuals in both Flint and across the state are questioning those still in power with these departments.

“The bigger question the public has to ask now is were these civil service employees pressured to perform in such a manner, and if so, how far up the chain of command will these criminal charges extend? We must also ask if they acted alone or in concert to undermine an entire community’s public health, and I urge Attorney General Schuette to continue his investigation and dig deeper beyond these three state and city employees.”