Flint residents brought Michigan politics to a halt over unsafe water.
The protests came after Governor Rick Snyder closed the last state-funded water bottle distribution site. More than 50 people were reportedly kicked out at the state legislation session and one person said he was detained.
It’s been 4 years since Flint switched its water source to the Flint River without properly treating it, leading to dangerous levels of lead in the drinking water. Residents have been dealing with the dangerous repercussions since then, and have been vocal about their disdain with the government.
@tundeolaniran tweeted, “I live in Flint. I haven’t washed my hair in my home in 4 years. When I brush my teeth, I use filtered water. I shower and my skin has strange reactions. My accumulated water bill is almost at $1500 at this point. I’m not paying.”
6 Michigan officials were criminally charged in 2017 for their roles in the crisis, which left at least 12 people dead. 5 of them were charged with involuntary manslaughter. On April 6, Michigan’s governor announced the city’s water was safe to drink without a filter. Recent tests have shown lead in the water supply is not below the federal limit. As a result, the state is ending a free bottled water program, which was part of a $450 million state and federal aid package.