UPDATED: 10:26 p.m. EST — The California prosecutor who used offensive and borderline racist language to describe Congresswoman Maxine Waters and former first lady Michelle Obama has been placed on administrative leave, according to a new report. San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem was reportedly punished Monday for his fateful words late last month.
“The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office does not condone hate, discrimination or incitement of violence. Our community and the entire criminal justice system depends on having fair, ethical, and unbiased prosecutors,” the DA’s office wrote in a brief statement released Monday evening. “Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem will be on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the formal investigation which could result in disciplinary action leading up to termination.”
It was unclear how a top member of Southern California’s law enforcement community could use the C-word to describe Waters and more inappropriate and biased language for Obama and still be kept on the county’s payroll.
A California prosecutor found himself on the firing line after his racist social media posts surfaced, including one that appeared to incite violence against U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from his state.
Officials were investigating San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem for those and several other vile rants, as many people on Monday called for his termination, the Orange County Register reported.
“Being a loud-mouthed c#nt in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now …,” Selyem posted about Waters, who has stared down direct threats from other supporters of President Donald Trump in recent weeks.
Selyem, 50, has worked in the DA’s office for a dozen years. He was the lead attorney overseeing criminal gang prosecutions. A review of his Facebook and Instagram posts also revealed that he was a hardcore Trump supporter. In one instance, he wrote the following comment under a post offering free tickets to the president’s inauguration: “I love that all of you liberal f—–g p—–s are so filled with hate. Gonna be a long 8 years for you scumbags. choo choo trump.”
In another post, he turned his venom on Michelle Obama. Selyem shared a doctored image of the former first lady holding a sign that said, “Trump grabbed my penis.” His other targets included Latino immigrants and at least one victim of a police shooting.
“He literally holds the lives of citizens in his hands, and it’s just not right,” Pedro Cala, the Los Angeles accountant who helped to inform Selyem’s bosses about the posts, told the newspaper.
“A person that harbors these types of views, and feels such courage to espouse them with impunity, does not belong in the District Attorney’s office administering prejudiced and jaundiced jurisprudence,” he added.