Offensive loud mouth: Michael Selyem, [photo], Lead hard-core gang prosecutor for the San Bernardino County, is under internal investigation for a series of disturbingly offensive posts on social media accounts that have now been deleted
A California prosecutor was caught posting repulsive comments and inciting violent conduct against bout US Rep. Maxine Waters
The lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is under investigation for a series of offensive rants on social media, triggering demands for his dismissal.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem, who joined the D.A.’s Office 12 years ago, targeted outspoken U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama, Mexican immigrants and the victim of a police shooting in Facebook and Instagram posts labeled by one critic as “hateful rhetoric.”
Posting a flurry of flabbergasting messages on Waters, the 50-year-old court officer stepped off the reservation and offered: “Being a loud-mouthed c#nt in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now …”
Selyem a Deputy District Attorney in California, would like to have ‘someone shoot’ U.S. Rep Maxine Waters [D-Calif.]
In another remarkable incident, Selyem during an online argument with someone over the police shooting of a civilian wrote, “That s—bag got exactly what he deserved. … You reap what you sow. And by the way go f— yourself you liberal s—bag.”
It was unclear which police shooting Selyem was referencing, and whether or not it was an open case in San Bernardino County or had occurred elsewhere.
In yet another eye raising episode, Selyem posted a doctored picture of Michelle Obama holding a sign saying, “Trump grabbed my penis.”
Selyem from Placentia, Calif., is the lead attorney in a unit tasked with cracking down on criminal gang activity that surged as members moved inland from Los Angeles County in search of more affordable housing. Many of those gangs are predominantly Latino.
One of Selyem’s posts showed a man in a giant sombrero with the words, “Mexican word of the day: Hide.”
It turns out the District Attorney’s the Office has been aware of the posts since June 25, when someone in the office complained. Since then, Selyem has been the subject of an internal investigation, sources said.
In a statement Friday, outgoing District Attorney Mike Ramos said: “We have been made aware of the negative comments and they do not represent the views of the District Attorney’s Office. Since this is a personnel matter I cannot comment any further.”
District attorney’s spokesman Chris Lee would not say whether the office has an official policy on social media postings, or, what the steps would be to sanction ethical misconduct.
Some already have called for Selyem’s termination, saying the posts were not only offensive, unprofessional and beneath the dignity of a public prosecutor, but that anyone who publicly espouses such sentiments cannot impartially administer justice.
“It is disgusting that a public official sworn to protect the public would have these ugly viewpoints,” said Zeke Hernandez, president of the Santa Ana League of United Latin American Citizens No. 147: “The district attorney needs to take any and all appropriate action to let the public know that it does not ag
Deputy DA for San Bernardino County, Michael Selyem Waters under fire for racist and xenophobic Facebook meltdown
ree with Selyem’s hateful rhetoric,” that includes Selyem’s dismissal, Hernandez said.
Selyem’s vitriolic is seen as going ‘Beyond a simple error in judgment.’
“This has gone beyond a simple error in judgment,” he said. “It is clearly outside the boundaries of civil service norms. Law enforcement personnel and officers of the court system should not incite violence.”
Brian Levin, a Cal State San Bernardino professor who teaches criminal and hate crime law, said the district attorney needs to take this “incredibly seriously and address it forthwith.”“Such declarations are deplorable, reprehensible, disgusting and bigoted and
have no place in the public domain of a trusted public official,” Levin said. “It’s shocking if these allegations are true.”
Before his accounts were deleted, Selyem’s rants were captured in screenshots sent to Los Angeles accountant Pedro Cala, who then forwarded them to public officials and the Southern California News Group. Cala received them from someone who once worked in the District Attorney’s Office.
“He literally holds the lives of citizens in his hands, and it’s just not right,” Cala said. “I am disgusted by his spouting of racist, xenophobic and sexist posts. 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.
“I fail to see how this man can be impartial in his solemn task of helping to seek truth and justice.”
The deleted posts also included pictures of friends and family, dogs and artsy shots of elaborate cocktails and glistening wine glasses. There were photos of cakes decorated with the Grateful Dead’s skull logo, sports team rivalries, and a newspaper ad for a lost cat named Satchi.
Selyem apparently is an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. Beneath a Facebook post offering free tickets to Trump’s presidential inauguration, Selyem wrote, “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”
Beneath a Breitbart News postr, Selyem wrote: “I am all for white males immigrating here legally and starting a business. It is the terrorist a–holes sneaking in here wanting to kill me an (sic) my family that I am opposed to. I cannot believe how shallow democrats are. They must really think people are stupid. I guess that is evident because they actually thought Hilary (sic) Clinton could win a presidential election… TWICE!!! LMFAO!!!”