Michael Isaacson is an adjunct professor at CUNY’s John Jay College for Criminal Justice and an anti-fascist activist. Isaacson was placed on leave after a horrific tweet of his regarding police officers went viral.
Isaacson appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and a three week old tweet of his, gained new momentum and John Jay College acted fast by suspending Isaacson on Saturday.
His August 23rd tweet:
Patrick Lynch, President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said in a press release, “Michael Isaacson harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College.” The union represents 50,000 active and retired police officers and called for Isaacson’s firing.
A shocked John Jay College President, Karol V. Mason, called the comments “abhorrent and the “antithesis” of that college. Mason added that while professors absolutely have the right to free speech, “expressions of hate or intimidation are not welcome in that civil discourse.”
“I am appalled that anyone associated with John Jay, with our proud history of supporting law enforcement authorities, would suggest that violence against police is ever acceptable,” Mason said in her statement.
Mason said that putting Isaacson was to protect others at the college as well as punish him. Other professors have been receiving threats since the tweet went viral.
Isaacson emailed The Washington Post and stated that he “unequivocally” supported the institutions decision to put him on leave. He apologized to the other faculty members and his students for placing them in harms way.
Previously reported by Fox News, Roy Richter, President of the NYPD Captains Endowment Association, said the tweet is “an abdication of the professor’s responsibility as a civilized human being” and “disgusting.”
Other law enforcement officials had something to say about Isaacson’s disgusting tweet:
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) September 15, 2017
New York City won't stand for the vile anti-police rhetoric of Michael Isaacson and neither should John Jay College.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 15, 2017