New York City’s largest police union is demanding John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Michael Isaacson lose his job over a recent tweet on the “privilege to teach future dead cops.”
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is livid with the messaging that students at City University of New York are receiving by an economics instructor who belongs to the left-wing movement known as antifa. PBA President Pat Lynch wrote a letter on Friday to the CUNY institution demanding Mr. Isaacson’s “immediate dismissal.”
The professor’s Aug. 23 tweet, which helped land him an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Thursday night, read: “Some of ya’ll 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.”
“Recent media reports have revealed Mr. Isaacson’s disgusting anti-police attitudes and his gleeful embrace of political violence, including violence against police officers, as expressed in his own social media postings,” Mr. Lynch wrote, The New York Post reported Friday. “It is absolutely outrageous that an individual who holds and expresses these views could be employed by any academic institution, much less one that counts an overwhelming number of New York City police officers as among its students, alumni and faculty members.”
Mr. Isaacson defended himself against PBA’s claims by framing his tweet as part of a critique on “policing as an institution which operates at the behest of a state that increasingly represents the weapons and prison industry rather than the public they’re supposed to serve through decades of gerrymandering by both Republicans and Democrats.”
John Jay College spokeswoman Doreen Viñas-Pineda told the Post that a statement on the matter would be released Friday.