Professor placed on leave for remark
NEW YORK – A New York professor drew ire from City University administrators and law enforcement officials because of a tweet in which he said teaching “future dead cops” is “a privilege.”
Michael Isaacson, an adjunct professor at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was placed on administrative leave because of the three-week-old tweet, which appears to have recently caught the attention of the college’s president and New York City’s largest police union.
In a tweet on Aug. 23, Isaacson, who teaches economics, said: “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.”
In a statement Friday, John Jay College President Karol V. Mason called Isaacson’s comments “abhorrent” and the “antithesis” of an academic institution that trains future law enforcement.