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Flint Must Face Civil Rights Suit Over Water Contamination

Jan. 4, 2019, 9:13 PM

Residents of Flint, Mich may proceed with federal civil rights claims against the city and several of its top officials stemming from the 2014 water contamination crisis, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled.

Darnell Early, Flint’s one-time emergency manager, Howard Croft, the former director of the Flint Department of Public Works, and five other city officials remain on the hook for allegedly violating the residents’ due process rights.

The city isn’t entitled to immunity based on the state’s emergency takeover of the crisis.

But claims against five other city employees can’t go forward because the complaint...

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