Freshwater group calls for formal investigation into Milwaukee's lead issues

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 17:48:30-04

MILWAUKEE -- The group Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) met with District Attorney, John Chisholm, Tuesday morning but their goal was only achieved in part.

They said Chisholm agreed to take a closer look at whether the city's health department broke any laws, but hasn't yet promised a formal investigation. 

A 50-page report released earlier in the year detailing issues with the city's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program that failed at-risk children prompted the group's meeting with the DA. 

The group marched into the DA's office to register a formal complaint calling for the public integrity unit to investigate violations of the state statutes. According to a spokesperson for the group, the recent release of the State of Wisconsin DHS report suggests states laws have been broken, and Robert Miranda said this is an issue that has plagued the city for years. 

"There’s a lot of questions here," Robert Miranda said. "There’s an onion here that needs to be peeled that we feel that the DA needs to be looking into and needs to be peeling. We’re hoping that this onion gets peeled soon."

The group said they plan to stay on top of this issue because this city and its children deserve clean drinking water.