Charges have reportedly been dropped against eight people in the Flint water scandal.
The defendants, includinghad been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The surprising move came after Lyon was accused of failing to timely alert the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred in 2014-15 when Flint was drawing improperly treated water from the Flint River. This caused many residents’ water to be contaminated with lead, causing serious side effects.
Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud, who took control of the investigation in January, said that “all available evidence was not pursued” by the previous team of prosecutors. He added that it is possible that Lyon and the other could be charged again.