Genesee County Attorney David S. Leyton has asked Michigan State Police to open a new investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two black boys in a house fire in Flint, spokesman John Potbury confirmed to The Daily Beast.
Zyaire Mitchell, 12, and Lamar Mitchell, nine, died in May after an incident in which the local fire chief said two white firefighters had missed the boys – and later lied in reports about it.
“Because this was a matter for the City of Flint Fire Department, we felt it appropriate for the state police to investigate,” Potbury told The Daily Beast on Friday. A Michigan State Police spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the status of the investigation.
Firefighters Sergeant Daniel Sniegocki and Michael Zlotek were assigned to search the room where the boys slept on the second floor of a house on Pulaski Street. The two firefighters gave the all-clear for the rooms where the boys were still lying.
It wasn’t until six minutes later that another team of firefighters trying to ventilate the room found the boys and took them to safety – only for them to die days later.
Sniegocki and Zlotek later reported to the boss that they duly searched the room, but an investigation by Barton revealed their statement was a lie, The Daily Beast previously reported.
Neither man was fired or criminally charged – although Sniegocki resigned – sparking community outrage and allegations of a cover-up by the administration of Mayor Sheldon Neeley, a Democrat who is up for re-election next week.
A spokesman for the union representing the firefighters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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