Judge says part of lawsuit in Flint water crisis can proceed

A Flint, Michigan official has resigned after an audio recording surfaced of him blaming residents for their undrinkable water.

He was driving to a restaurant with Lyons and another individual, who he'd met that night, when he made the comments, which were recorded and later obtained by TATM.

Phil Stair, sales manager for the Genesee County Land Bank, resigned Monday after a recording was published of him making inaccurate and racially charged claims about the water emergency, reported MLive.

Land Bank Executive Director Michele Wildman accepted Stair's resignation and apologized before the county Board of Commissioners for Stair's comments, saying she was "deeply troubled" by the statements. As MLive notes, the agency takes over tax-foreclosed properties and carries out demolitions, rehabilitations and sales.

"I don't want to call them n*****s, sh*t I just went to Myrtle Beach [with] 24 guys, and I was the only white guy", Stair said.

In 2016, the government declared a state of emergency and instructed the MI community - which is 53 per cent black - to use only filtered or bottled water, even for their cleaning. Well, Flint has the same problems as Detroit, fucking niggers don't pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them. They just don't pay their bills.

"Flint has the same problems as Detroit - f*cking n*ggers don't pay their bills".

Also, thousands of Flint residents are fighting foreclosures due to unpaid bills for water that many people can't safely consume and use, reports NBC News.

"The citizens of Flint deserve to have trust in their public officials", Wildman told MLive.

Flint's water was contaminated with lead for at least 18 months after the city tapped the Flint River as its water source to save money. It took state officials, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, almost three months to notify residents that their water had been tainted.

"He was drinking, though he didn't appear to be inebriated in anyway", says Lyons, who's part of a group of environmental activists who have been campaigning in Flint.

  • Zachary Reyes