LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – “So many things went so terribly wrong and tragically wrong in Flint,” proclaimed Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Wednesday afternoon.
The three charged in the Flint water crisis are state Department of Environmental Quality officials Steven Busch and Michael Prysby and Flint city employee Michael Glasglow.
All three are facing multiple charges including tampering with evidence, and could face several years in prison.
“They failed in their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of families of Flint,” added Schuette.
The investigation team includes Flint native Ellis Stafford.
“I drink this water. I bathed in this water,” he said.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver also attended the news conference. She hopes everyone responsible will be held accountable.
“We know we need the resources, we need to move forward with the pipes… but this gets us started,” Weaver explained.
“They wonder if there’s any truth to this investigation. I hope I gave them some,” said Stafford, who grew emotional during the news conference.
But he’s not the only one who calls Flint home. And for some Flint residents, Schuette’s announcement brings little comfort.
“This is no first step. This is a farce,” Flint Councilman Wantwaz Davis said after the media event.
Many have called for charges against Governor Snyder. And although Special Prosecutor Todd Flood has made campaign contributions to Governor Snyder, he and the attorney general stress that no one is off limits.
“We will continue to go through every single door,” said Flood.
For some, talking with the governor isn’t enough.
“Interviewed is one thing… indicted is another,” suggested Melissa Mays, Water You Fighting For
In total, the three officials face 13 felony charges and five misdemeanor charges. And Attorney General Schuette says this is just the beginning.