Michael Isaacson, an adjunct professor at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice has been sent on administrative leave for a tweet. His tweet had said that it was a privilege to teach “future dead cops”.
The tweet stirred controversy among the police officials across New York City and even beyond by police officials. The din created by condemnation from police leaders was so much that the institution was forced to put the professor on administrative leave.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York has evolved into the preeminent international leader in educating for justice in its many dimensions. Launched in the year 1964, the College offers a rich liberal arts and professional curriculum that prepares students to serve the public interest as ethical leaders and engaged citizens.
Michael Isaacson, who is a self-proclaimed anti-fascist activist was under pressure for his tweet that he had posted some three weeks ago.
In the tweet Michael Isaacson said, “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”.
The tweet angered police officers so much that they started attacking him. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in a press release viciously attacked him. “Michael Issacson harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College”, the statement said.
John Jay College President Karol V. Mason criticized the teacher’s statement calling it “abhorrent” and the “antithesis”. “This adjunct expressed personal views that are not consistent with our college’s well known and firm values and principles and my own personal standards and principles. 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.
Michael Isaacson, was quoted by Washington Post said, “I am saddened that I cannot continue to teach my students, but I value their safety and the safety of the John Jay community above all else…My [principal] regret is that I put people at risk who did not assume that risk voluntarily.”