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|January 23, 2019|
Offensive social media posts sends prosecutor to the sidelines
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Offensive comments in social media about Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles and others have put a deputy district attorney on administrative leave.
In one Facebook comment, Michael Selyem wrote about Waters, calling her a "loud mouthed c--- in the ghetto," then saying, "you would think someone would have shot this b---- by now."
In another instance, Selyem argued with someone about police shooting a civilian, saying "That s---bag got exactly what he deserved...”
It was unclear which police shooting Selyem was referencing. It was also unclear if the incident was an open case in San Bernardino County or if it happened elsewhere.
In a statement Monday, District Attorney Mike Ramos said his 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.”
Ramos said he received information about Selyem’s online comments on June 28th and immediately ordered a personnel investigation.
Selyem could face disciplinary action and possible termination, Ramos said.
It was not indicated how long the investigation might take as Ramos is in the final months of his tenure after losing a re-election bid in June.
Story Date: July 12, 2018