Cher: Snyder ‘a murderer’ over Flint water crisis

Cher poses on the red carpet of The Foundation for AIDS Research event in Sao Paulo, Brazil April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

FLINT, Mich. (WOOD)– An iconic singer is taking aim at Michigan’s governor over the Flint water crisis.

Cher took to Twitter Tuesday night to share her thoughts about lead discovered in Flint’s drinking water.

“GOV. of MICHIGAN IS A MURDERER,” she tweeted with emoticons.  “HE Made Decision 2GAVE [sic] ppl POISON WATER,&NOW MUST SIGN DISASTER BILL. CHILDREN WILL “NEVER” RECOVER,”  read the first tweet from Cher’s official Twitter account with another emoticon and the hashtag #JAILFORRICK.

Shortly after that post, a second tweet appeared on Cher’s account:

“WTF IS GOING ON W/POWER MAD, GREED DRIVEN, KILLER, INCOMPETENT, POLITICIANS? THEY R CRIMNALS!!  GOV.RICK SNYDER OF MICH. #FIRINGSQUADWORKSFORME”

The threatening tweets came hours after Snyder officially declared a state of emergency in Flint, freeing up state resources to help alleviate problems with lead in the city’s drinking water.  Federal officials also confirmed Tuesday they’re investigating the matter.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs the bill allocating funds for Flint to hook up to Detroit water system. (Courtesy Gov. Rick Snyder's Twitter account - Oct. 15, 2015)
Gov. Rick Snyder signs the bill allocating funds for Flint to hook up to Detroit water system. (Courtesy Gov. Rick Snyder’s Twitter account – Oct. 15, 2015)

The city temporarily switched from Detroit’s water system to  Flint River water in a cost-cutting move in 2014, while under state financial management. Residents complained about the water’s taste, smell and appearance and children were found to have elevated levels of lead.

Flint residents receive free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church on Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Flint residents receive free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church on Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Last week, Snyder apologized and Michigan’s top environmental regulator resigned.

So far, Governor Snyder’s official Twitter account has not responded to Cher’s tweets.

Wednesday morning, 24 Hour News 8 left messages with Michigan State Police and Cher’s manager regarding the threatening tweets; neither have returned our calls.

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