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Officials say pandemic, statute of limitations won’t prevent justice in Flint water crisis

Sixth anniversary of disastrous Flint water switch arrives

This is a pivotal week in the ongoing Flint water crisis investigation. It’s the sixth anniversary of the disastrous water switch, raising statute of limitations questions.
This is a pivotal week in the ongoing Flint water crisis investigation. It’s the sixth anniversary of the disastrous water switch, raising statute of limitations questions.

FLINT, Mich. – This is a pivotal week in the ongoing Flint water crisis investigation. It’s the sixth anniversary of the disastrous water switch, raising statute of limitations questions.

The anniversary comes as former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder faces new questions about what and when he knew about the possible dangers of switching to Flint water.

Officials working the case promise the criminal statute of limitations and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic won’t stop them from seeking justice.

“We want to correct the misconception that April 25, 2020, is the deadline to bring charges against those who may be criminally liable,” officials said in a statement.

The Michigan criminal statute of limitations is set at six years for misdemeanors and 6-10 years for most felonies.

Those investigating the Flint water crisis said the work continues and that the people of Flint will get justice.

Former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is hoping charges are coming, and she spoke about the new reports that Snyder might have known more about the possible dangers of switching to Flint water earlier than some believed.

You can hear from Weaver and legal expert Neil Rockind in Hank Winchester’s video posted above.


About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.