Over 100 Flint residents circulated around Flint City Hall protesting the city’s continued billing for water service deemed undrinkable due to high lead contamination.
Protesters both tore up and burned invoices on the steps of city hall and held placards which read: “Don’t Poison My Daughter,” “Killed by Toxic Water” and “Why Pay For Poison?”
Exasperated by uninterrupted billing and her $99 water bill, long-time Flint resident, Claudia Perkins-Milton, seethed about the situation.
“It feels like a slap in the face. The only thing the water’s good for is flushing the toilet. That’s it,” she said.
Flint citizens have remained dependent on bottled water and filters distributed at local fire stations while the city works to resolve the crisis.
Responding to the criticism, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette declared the bills an outrage and stated he would move to void bills for the water, although it was not clear this was within his ability to do.
“Words can barely describe this tragedy. Things went terribly wrong. I would certainly not bathe a newborn child or a young infant in this bad water and if you can’t drink the bad water you shouldn’t pay for it.”
Schuette originally opposed an independent investigation to probe the water crisis, but on Monday appointed Royal Oak attorney, Todd Flood, and former Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit FBI field office, Andrew Arena, to head an investigation into the matter.
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