State’s Attorneys Outline Next Move in Flint Water Crisis Case [VIDEO]
"We're not going to give you what you want to hear," attorney Fadwa Hammoud stated in response to a question from Flint resident Jolena Freeman. Michigan prosecutors finally explained their decision to drop charges and open new investigations against suspects in the Flint water crisis. Residents expressed mixed opinions and feelings about that decision at a public town hall meeting Friday, June 28, 2019.
Among the concerns voiced was why were residents not informed earlier in the process before a final decision was made to drop charges and if this was an indication of things to come; that is to say, would Flint residents be the last to know? Additionally, with a new investigation would the same or new individuals be charged and when? Restoration of trust in a system which has been destroyed by those entrusted to make the system work for the public was at the fore.
The explanation to these and other questions did little to satisfy many in attendance. The bottom line answer offered by Kym Worthy and Fadwa Hammoud, lead prosecutors in the case was "to follow the evidence that we have" and "we will charge based on cause, it doesn't matter who it is."
Both attorneys noted while their investigation has resulted in new evidence being found, they could not say if that evidence would result in new charges or any charges being filed, nor could they say against whom if any charges would be made. They also explained a possible statute of limitations deadline of nine months for some misconduct charges to be filed. This was a major point of displeasure with all in attendance. The feeling being time would run out and responsible parties would go free.
The public was also asked to provide information they might have to investigators concerning individuals related to the crisis to assist with the investigation.
Residents were willing to, and with skepticism, give the new team a "chance", but were adamant that they would determine when "justice" was done.