#OPFlint: Anonymous Hackers Want Gov. Snyder to Pay for Water Crisis

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#OPFlint: Anonymous Hackers Want Gov. Snyder to Pay for Water Crisis

Anonymous hackers are calling for criminal charges against Michigan Gov. Snyder amid Flint's water crisis.

Published January 22, 2016

Anonymous, a hacker activist group, believes Michigan Gov. Snyder should be charged with "voluntary or involuntary manslaughter" in Flint's current water crisis.

"The crimes committed by Gov. Snyder as well as other city officials will not go unpunished. The city of Flint deserved to be informed and made aware of the problem with the town drinking water," Anonymous said in a video statement.


The town of 99,000, that is more than 50 percent African-American and 40 percent poor, has not had access to clean tap water in more than a year. President Obama has proclaimed a state of emergency there and visited this past week to ensure aid is getting to the people.

In April 2014, the city of Flint made the decision to source their tap water supply from Lake Huron, NBC News reports. Since a pipeline had not been built between Huron and Flint, the Flint River was used as a source to save money. However, after the switch, Flint residents began to complain about the murky water coming out of their faucets.

"The fact that Gov. Snyder stayed silent while the children of Flint were poisoned says a lot about his character. It is safe to say that children may already be doomed to die because of this."

Since the switch, there have been more cases of local children showing high levels of lead in their blood. Health issues caused by lead exposure cannot be cured and lead to learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Adults may face kidney diseases.

"We feel there currently exists enough evidence to arrest Gov. Snyder for either voluntary or involuntary manslaughter and that a full scale investigation into the Flint water crisis and a criminal trial will yield the information that will send Gov. Snyder to prison."

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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