FLINT (CBS Detroit) – Michael Moore has joined the call for criminal action against Gov. Rick Snyder in connection with the Flint water crisis.
The Flint-native documentary filmmaker on Wednesday posted a petition on his website that demands governor’s immediate resignation and arrest on charges of what he’s calling corruption and assault.
“Thanks to you, sir, and the premeditated actions of your administrators, you have effectively poisoned, not just some, but apparently ALL of the children in my hometown of Flint, Michigan,” Moore writes. “And for that, you have to go to jail.”
Using the hashtag #ArrestGovSnyder, Moore tweeted a link to the petition, along with a photo of himself holding handcuffs.
Moore says Snyder felt that cutting costs was more important than the health of the people of Michigan. He called Snyder out for skirting around the issue.
“Every Flint resident is trapped by this environmental nightmare which you, Governor, have created,” Moore said. “Like any real criminal, when you were confronted with the truth (by the EPA and other leading water experts across America), you denied what you did.”
Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint over problems with lead in the city’s drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed they’re investigating the matter that prompted a local public health emergency.
The city switched back to Detroit’s water in October after blood test found led in more children; but concerns remain, including how badly corrosive water from the Flint River damaged aging pipes.
Snyder Thursday morning met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to discuss the water issue.
Moore last swiped at Snyder in November, posting an open letter saying he would defy the governor’s call for a hold on accepting Syrian refugees, and would open his own home to those who have been displaced by violence in the Middle East.