Transcript for Former Michigan governor charged in connection with the Flint water crisis
After reporting on the Flint water crisis for years, tonight, the former governor of Michigan and eight officials have been charged with willful neglect. Here's ABC's Alex Perez. Reporter: Tonight, the former governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, charged in connection with the Flint water crisis. Any comment on the charges? Reporter: Years after toxic levels of lead were discovered in the city's water and an outrage of legionnaire's disease killed at least 12. People of the state of Michigan versus. Reporter: He's pleaded not guilty. Eight other state officials also facing charges, including two who are facing nine counts each of involuntary manslaughter. This case is about justice, truth, accountability, poisoned children, lost lives. Reporter: The horrifying ordeal unfolding in this mostly black city of about 100,000 people when, to save money, the state's switched the city's water supply to come from the Flint river. Lee Ann waters was one of the first residents to ring the aarp. There are huge victories, but there is still a lot of work that needs the be done. Reporter: Nearly seven years later, even though officials say the tap is safe. Residents like Shirley drake still rely on bottled water. I don't trust the water in the pipes. One of the real tragedies is that this could have been avoided if they just would have listened to people. I don't think we'll ever feel there was justice but criminal convictions of folks will be a start. Reporter: And David, the former governor and the others charged have all posted bail and been released. All right, Alex Perez tonight. And when we come back here
This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.