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(Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California prosecutor was disciplined Monday after posting to social media crude and profane comments about U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama, Mexican immigrants and the victim of a police shooting.

 

 

Michael Selyem, a veteran deputy district attorney who handles gang prosecutions in San Bernardino County, was placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted, the district attorney’s office said. He could ultimately lose his job.

In Facebook and Instagram posts, Selyem used offensive language to describe Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat who last month called on supporters to harass members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet over the administration’s separation of families under the zero-tolerance immigration policy.

Selyem used a profane term for women’s anatomy to refer to the “loud mouthed” Waters and said “you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now,” the Southern California News Group reported.

Selyem’s other since-delated posts included a doctored picture of Michelle Obama holding a sign saying “Trump grabbed my penis” and one of a man in a giant sombrero with the caption “Mexican word of the day: Hide.”

He also posted about a person shot by police that called him a crude name and said he “got exactly what he deserved.” It wasn’t immediately clear whether the police shooting occurred in San Bernardino County or elsewhere.

The Southern California News Group said Selyem hung up on a reporter who reached him by phone. An email message and phone call from The Associated Press was not returned.

District Attorney Mike Ramos said he learned of the comments two weeks ago after other attorneys in the office complained. While individuals have free speech rights, these must be balanced with the need for ethical and unbiased prosecutors, he said.

“There’s a line that you cross that it impacts the work of your office,” Ramos told the AP. “The public has trust in us, and we have to be really careful.”

The district attorney’s office in the county of 2 million people east of Los Angeles is developing a policy on social media use. It already has a policy on what constitutes professional conduct, Ramos said.

District Attorney-elect Jason Anderson told the Register on Friday that Selyem’s comments are “not a reflection of the image I would like to portray of the DA’s office.”

U.S. Rep. Peter Aguilar, a Democrat who represents San Bernardino, tweeted that Selyme should be fired immediately.

“We cannot allow racism and bigotry to have a place in our society, especially not in our government,” he wrote.

Selyem, 50, joined the DA’s office 12 years ago and is the lead prosecutor in the Central Hardcore Gang Unit.

Critics said the posts called into question Selyem’s objectivity and professionalism as a criminal prosecutor.

However, San Bernardino attorney Stephen Levine, who knows Selyem as an online friend and has faced him in court, called Selyem “very disciplined and ethical.”

“I have seen no evidence that his personal beliefs have influenced his professional responsibilities and prefer to give him the benefit of the doubt,” Levine said.

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16 thoughts on “Prosecutor Disciplined Over Maxine Waters Post

  1. QUEEN on said:

    HERE IS HOW THIS SHOULD END: INVESTIGATION OVER, YOUR FIRED. IT’S WHAT 45 LIKES TO DO SO JUST DO IT. BYE RACIST PECKERWOOD IGNORANT PIECE OF …

  2. Dede on said:

    I’ve got yet to understand how people can hold such hostility and bigotry in their hearts against someone of a different race! Do we not all bleed red blood?! I agree with the person who commented that EVERY case he presided over should be called into investigation—NOW!! I’m still shaking my head from disbelief of someone in this position blatantly spewing this venom!

  3. Alice on said:

    This bigot is disgraceful and disgusting. He should not be a Deputy DA anywhere in this country. He has the audacity to speak evil about the former FLOTUS and then he threatened a sitting Congresswoman life by wishing death upon her. I am calling for this man to be FIRED! He understands that his dog-whistle rhetoric can get this congresswoman murdered by some deranged person. Why is he still working? Suspension is not good enough…HE NEEDS TO BE FIRED NOW!

  4. pac4me on said:

    This is so “almost” unbelievable – did he really think it was okay to say such vulgar things on social media about anyone (let alone, the former FLOTUS) and there would be no consequences? So this was known two weeks ago – he should have been instantly fired, no investigation was necessary. Until these retarded ass fools realize that their livelihood ($) will be affected by the racist nonsense in their hearts, they will keep saying and doing whatever floats their boats

  5. Totally despicable. He should be terminated immediately and disbarred if possible. He should never be allowed to preside over n’re nother case EVER!


  6. And I’m still waiting on Malt-Liquor Max to be called out on her ghetto racist attacks
    On officials in their constituency

  7. tedgravely on said:

    Oh now he is quite. Reporter called his house for comment and suddenly he had nothing to say, sudden illness called the poor mouth, and walking around like a church mouse. I didn’t know bigots had limits. It was funny and all laughs until his bank account and career are jeopardized. For those in San Bernardino also run clear of any attorney that co-signs for this biogot like attorney Stephen Levine, Fire his arse and let him pursue his passion – open his own firm that caters to the KKK. Racist.

  8. Mia.P on said:

    And you know what start calling them Neanderthal and tell them to go back into those caves they came from to go back and he just mad because he got a penis and all trump is doing is grabbing it . Fuck Him and trump and nothing better happen to Ms Water’s are their ass is grass. Vote Blue Joe Biden and Joe Kennedy 2020

    • SheCat54 on said:

      No more peckerwoods man or woman old or young. Time for them unfair dumb a** to GET OUT!!! They have f**k*d everything up and they don’t know how to play fair. GET OUT!!! Tired of you annoying peckerwoods. Brown skins vote for our own president. Ms. Waters and me 2020

  9. This turd should be FIRED and Ms. Waters needs to bring charges of “threatening her life”
    against his ass!!!!!!!

    white folks such as him are DANGEROUS and can put ideas into some of those who are crazy and have an ARSENAL of guns and ammo!!!!!!!!!!!

    • trendybigmen on said:

      THIS RACIST NEEDS TO LOOSE HIS JOB, HIS PENSION AND BE BARRED FROM RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY, HE IS THE SCUM OF THE EARTH PARROTING ALL THE BIGOTTED OPINIONS OF HIS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, AS AN OFFICIAL OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. HIM AND HIS BI-ATCH LEVINE, FIRE THEM BOTH!!.

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