Society & Culture
Leid Stories—After Five Flint Officials Charged in Toxic-Water Scandal, City Braces for A Flood of Civil Lawsuits; The Philando Castile: Killer Cop Goes Free—06.19.17
Barely a week after five Flint, Mich., officials criminally were charged with involuntary manslaughter for knowingly allowing toxic, lead-laced water to be distributed throughout the city’s water system, Leid Stories has learned that the city is soon to be bombarded with individual and class-action lawsuits seeking compensation for those harmed by the city’s negligence.
Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, broke the story of the Flint toxic-water scandal and has been updating Leid Stories ever since. He files his latest report.
On Friday (June 16), when Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Philando Castile, 32, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn., just outside St. Paul, he was fired.
But that is of no consolation to Castile’s family and the larger community, who question the integrity of the trial and want a Department of Justice review.
Leis Stories listeners react to the verdict.
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