The Milwaukee County District Lawyer’s Workplace introduced final week it is not going to file felony costs for the Milwaukee Well being Division’s mismanagement of its childhood lead program. A neighborhood advocacy group is talking out towards the choice.
The district legal professional overview decided there was inadequate proof to show a criminal offense had been dedicated.
At a press occasion Monday afternoon, Freshwater for Life Motion Coalition, often known as FLAC, mentioned it plans to take the case to U.S. Workplace of Lawyer Basic.
That is FLAC spokesperson Robert Miranda: “We bought the 1200 pages of the AG’s findings. Whenever you learn this, key parts of the investigation haven’t been accomplished. And one of many principal main belongings you do in a felony investigation is you discuss to the individuals at that high, which wasn’t performed.”
For years, metropolis leaders touted Milwaukee’s childhood lead program as among the best within the nation.
However in early 2018, it was found that between 2015 and 2017, Milwaukee’s well being division failed to communicate with 1000’s of fogeys whose youngsters’s exams revealed regarding lead ranges.
Longtime Well being Commissioner Bevan Baker resigned in shame. Two interim commissioners served earlier than a everlasting division head got here on board.
State Senator Lena Taylor joined advocates at Monday’s press convention, and echoed Robert Miranda’s concern: “A radical investigation would imply all commissioners, all former well being commissioners needs to be interviewed in order that we will get to the underside. With out that, we proceed to hurt.”
Milwaukee resident Shawana Hughes mentioned her household resides the affect of lead poisoning. Early childhood publicity could cause studying issues, mental delays and conduct points. Her now four-year-old son was identified with elevated lead ranges within the final yr.
“Our authorities has failed us. My son has to see a conduct specialist because of the lead ranges in our water,” Hughes mentioned.
After the DA’s workplace introduced it will not deliver costs, the Milwaukee Well being Division launched a press release saying: “We’re grateful to shut this chapter of the Well being Division’s historical past,” including “with neighborhood organizations, we’re devoted to making sure such oversights within the division by no means occur once more.”
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