close and back to page

Prosecutor who Called Maxine Waters ‘C***’ and ‘B*tch’ Finally Placed on Leave

Calls for Rep. Maxine Waters to be shot initially went unpunished.

REUTERS

Nearly two weeks after his office discovered violent, threatening and racist posts on his social media accounts, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem has been placed on leave.


"Being a loud-mouth c--t in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this b---h by now," Selyem reportedly wrote on social media, referring to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

Selyem has been working at the DA's office for 12 years and currently heads its gang unit.

District Attorney Mike Ramos said the DA's office received "more than several complaints" about Selyem.

"There's a line that you cross that it impacts the work of your office," he said to the Associated Press. "The public has trust in us, and we have to be really careful."

The public's idea of being "really careful" would have been to terminate Selyem immediately, though, which many people called for — including Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar.

"We cannot allow racism and bigotry to have a place in our society, especially not in our government," Aguilar said on Twitter.

Ramos told reporters that Selyem's current cases will be reassigned and his closed ones will be reviewed "to make sure that justice was done."

A deputy district attorney made racially charged and violent posts about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), calling her a "c**t" and "b*tch" and calling for violence against her. Despite the DA's office being aware for nearly two weeks, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem remains employed there.


"Being a loud-mouth c--t in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this b---h by now," Selyem reportedly wrote on social media.

Facebook and Instagram accounts for the 50-year-old prosecutor are no longer active, but the San Bernardino Sun posted screenshots.

According to the Sun, Selyem's office has known about the comments since the end of June and he "has been the subject of an internal investigation."

Waters has been the victim of increasing violent threats since President Trump falsely claimed that Waters told people to harass his supporters.

At a rally Waters called on supporters to be proactive in their protests and approach Trump's cabinet members no matter where they may be.

"If you see anybody in that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them," she said. "And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents. The children are suffering."

The threats that followed became so serious she had to cancel two scheduled events. But calls for violence against the congresswoman did not stop even her fellow Democrats from throwing her under the bus. Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi separately denounced Waters' comments, calling them "not American" and "understandable but unacceptable," respectively.

The Sun, meanwhile, reported that Selyem has also come after former First Lady Michelle Obama, posting an altered photo of her holding a sign that reads, "Trump grabbed my p*nis."

And he said that a man shot by a police officer "deserved" to die. "That s***bag got exactly what he deserved. … You reap what you sow. And by the way go f*** yourself you liberal s***bag," he allegedly wrote, although it is not clear which shooting he was referring to.

"One of Selyem's posts showed a man in a giant sombrero with the words, 'Mexican word of the day: Hide,'" according to the Sun.

And, commenting on a post by alt-right publication Breitbart News, he reportedly 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!!!"

The San Bernardino Sun first shared screenshots of various posts from Selyem's social media accounts, which have since been deleted.

Waters has been the victim of increasing violent threats since President Trump falsely claimed that Waters told people to harass his supporters.

The Sun reported that Selyem has also come after former First Lady Michelle Obama, posting an altered photo of her holding a sign that reads, "Trump grabbed my p*nis."

And he said that a man shot by a police officer "deserved" to die. "That s***bag got exactly what he deserved. … You reap what you sow. And by the way go f*** yourself you liberal s***bag," he allegedly wrote, although it is not clear which shooting he was referring to.

"One of Selyem's posts showed a man in a giant sombrero with the words, 'Mexican word of the day: Hide,'" according to the Sun.

And, commenting on a post by alt-right publication Breitbart News, he reportedly 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!!!"

Police Killings Tied to Worse Mental Health for Blacks

Each year in the U.S., police kill more than 300 Black men and women — at least a quarter of them unarmed.

(Reuters) — Police killings of unarmed Black people are associated with worse mental health for Black Americans across the country, even when they have no direct connection to the deaths, a study suggests.

Read More Show Less

New York Times Under Fire for 'Homophobic' Animated Cartoon of Trump and Putin: Video

The video caption reads, "Donald Trump's not-so-secret admiration for Vladimir Putin plays out in a teenager's bedroom."

The New York Times' animated cartoon depicting Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as gay lovers has gone viral, being viewed more than 1.3 million times on Twitter alone. But the newspaper is facing backlash from LGBTQ advocates calling the cartoon "homophobic."

Read More Show Less

Trump’s Border Blunder Took Millions of Dollars from Health Funds: Report

Family separation has cost $200 million that was ripped away from other funds.

REUTERS

Bigotry comes at a cost — and we're talking about more than karma here.

Read More Show Less

The ADA: 28 Years of Opportunity Unrealized

"While the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped close many gaps, employment is not one of them."

By Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability and Jesse Fryburg, Program Manager, National Organization on Disability

On July 26, 1990, the president of the United States looked into a television camera on the South Lawn of the White House and proclaimed that the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) "signals the end to the unjustified segregation and exclusion of persons with disabilities from the mainstream of American life." Twenty-eight years later, it has not.

Read More Show Less

For 21 years, Margaret Roberts served her city as a firefighter. She put her life on the line almost daily and wanted to retire after fulfilling her duties.

Read More Show Less