Todd Flood removed from Flint Water prosecution team

Flint struggles following lead water crisis
Posted at 9:24 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 21:42:31-04

(WXYZ) — Todd Flood has been removed from the Flint Water Crisis Prosecution team, according to a statement from the Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud.

The removal was announced Monday, April 29.

The solicitor general's statement on Flood's removals says that the prosecutor's contract was terminated effective April 16.

"The decision to terminate Mr. Flood’s contract reflects our ongoing commitment to execute the highest standards in the prosecution of the Flint Water Crisis," Hammoud's statement read. "Our standards demand a full accounting of all evidence that may inform the People’s investigation. The nature of Mr. Flood’s prior involvement is not the focus of our team as we continue to pursue justice on behalf of the people of Flint and the State of Michigan. We appreciate Mr. Flood’s contributions as we fully transitioned this case back to the People’s Law Firm – the Michigan AG’s Office."

Hammoud went on to say, "We now have a team of career prosecutors and investigators who bring decades of experience and an unshakeable commitment to the public interest. I am especially grateful for the continued leadership of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who is working jointly with our team to provide invaluable guidance and legal expertise. Moving forward, our team will aggressively pursue all evidence that may shed light on the enormous injury inflicted upon the people of Flint. A failure to meet this standard would undercut the cause of justice. As a publicly-accountable investigation, we are motivated solely by the public interest and the demands of justice.”

Flood responded to the firing in a statement saying that he has been honored and privileged to work with the people of Flint over the past several years.

Read Flood's complete statement below:

It has been my honor and privilege to work for the citizens of Flint. I am truly humbled by the experience. Our focus for the past three years has been to bring justice to the good people of Flint. In the time we have spent in Flint, we interviewed over 400 people, reviewed millions of pages of discovery, and took pleas to advance the investigation. We conducted multiple court hearings and preliminary exams, placed hundreds of exhibits into evidence, and successfully bound defendants over for trial. This complex case of official wrong-doing and betrayal of public trust has been prosecuted with the utmost attention to the professional standards that justice demands. I walk away knowing that I gave everything I had to give to this case. The people of Flint deserved nothing less.