A lecturer at a New York City college of criminal justice who wrote on social media that he teaches “future dead cops” was placed on leave on Friday as the city’s mayor called the academic’s comment “vile.”
“Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice adjunct professor Michael Isaacson wrote in an Aug. 23 Tweet.
Pat Lynch the head of New York’s largest police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, sent John Jay’s president a letter calling for Isaacson’s dismissal.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter the city “won’t stand for the vile anti-police rhetoric of Michael Isaacson and neither should John Jay College.”
Isaacson appeared on Fox News on Thursday, where during an interview by host Tucker Carlson he defended the antifa movement.
Isaacson’s television appearance appears to have drawn increased attention to his Aug. 23 Twitter post.
Isaacson, in a statement on Friday, said he critiques “policing as an institution which operates at the behest of a state that increasingly represents the weapons and prison industry.”—Reuters