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.”
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.