According to the Guardian, at least 33 cities across the eastern United States have used water-testing “cheats” to conceal dangerous levels of lead. Twenty-one cities used the same techniques that resulted in felony charges against three government employees in Flint, Michigan, accused of misleading regulators.
On Tuesday, Jason Brian Dalton, the 45-year-old man charged with murdering six people in a shooting spree last month, filed a $10 million federal civil rights lawsuit against Uber. Dalton, a driver for the ride-sharing company, told police that the Uber app on his phone “literally took over his mind and body.”
Yes, life is hard for the residents of Flint, MI, many of whom have no clean water and toxic levels of lead coursing through their veins. But life is also hard for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who can’t even enjoy a night out anymore without being reminded of the fact that thousands of his constituents were poisoned on his watch.
In January 2015, amid concerns about the drinking water quality in Flint, Michigan, employees at the state’s Department of Technology, Management & Budget were given coolers of bottled water on each floor of their office space. Ordinary Flint residents were not extended the same courtesy until a year later.
Up until just about today, the outpouring of reporting from Flint, Mich. had forgotten the stories of the people it’s easiest to forget: undocumented immigrants. But this afternoon, several articles were published within hours of each other focusing on the specific plight faced by the undocumented in Flint.