Posted on May 4, 2015

Wayne Co. Asst. Prosecutor Resigns over Baltimore Post

Tom Greenwood, Detroit News, May 1, 2015

An assistant Wayne County prosecutor resigned Friday after being disciplined for a Facebook message that said the way to end the violence in Baltimore was to shoot the protesters.

Criminal defense attorneys and a liberal statewide group said they were glad to see Teana Walsh leave the prosecutor’s office.

“You cannot be a member of law enforcement and decide you’re going to be judge, jury and executioner,” said Cliff Woodards II, a criminal defense attorney from Southfield.

Walsh, who was an assistant prosecutor for eight years, set off a firestorm by writing about the Baltimore riots on her Facebook page Monday night.

“Solution,” she wrote. “Simple. Shoot em. Period. End of discussion. I don’t care what causes the protesters to turn violent . . . what the ‘they did it because’ reason is . . . no way is this acceptable. Flipping disgusting.”

Teana Walsh

Teana Walsh

Walsh quickly deleted the post, but Woodards, who is friends with her on Facebook, took a screen shot of it and posted it on his page.

Fox 2 News learned about and reported on the post. As Progress Michigan and others railed against the comments, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday that Walsh would resign.


Aaron Herskovic, a Southfield attorney, said his bigger concern is others in law enforcement who share Walsh’s attitudes but keep them hidden.

“Unfortunately, I think there are others in her former office who fall into that category,” he said.

Woodards shared Herskovic’s concerns. He said he also was alarmed by a divide over Walsh’s comment that is playing out over social media.

She is drawing support from many whites and law enforcement officials while blacks are criticizing her, Woodards said.