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Medical News & Perspectives
May 12, 2021

Lead, Mistrust, and Trauma—Whistleblowing Pediatrician Discusses the Legacy of Flint’s Water Crisis

JAMA. 2021;325(21):2136-2139. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.2314

Seven years after a state-appointed emergency manager’s cost-saving decision exposed the city of Flint, Michigan, to lead-laden drinking water, public officials were finally held accountable. In January, a grand jury handed down indictments charging 9 former and current state and local officials with obstruction of justice, extortion, involuntary manslaughter, and other offenses for their alleged roles in the public health tragedy. Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was indicted on 2 misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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