Prof. who joked about dead cops, said Antifa has the right to beat opponents suspended
On Friday the New York Post reported that Michael Isaacson, a professor who works in the economics department at John Jay College, was suspended from his job.
As we reported earlier this week, Isaacson told Tucker Carlson that Antifa has the right to physically beat political opponents. Moreover, he had issued a tweet joking about dead cops.
This didn’t sit too well with the president of John Jay College.
“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,” John Jay president Karol Mason said.
Mason, the Post reported, said that threats were made to the members of the college in the wake of Issacson’s statement, which prompted her to take immediate action.
“Out of concern for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we are immediately placing the adjunct on administrative leave as we continue to review this matter.”
Here’s what he said on Twitter:
The Post also reported that the head of New York’s largest police union wants Isaacson fired:
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch wrote a letter saying Isaacson “harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College.”
In a Friday letter to Karol Mason, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lynch demanded the “immediate dismissal” of Isaacson “on behalf of nearly 50,000 active and retired New York City police officers who are members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York.”
“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,” Lynch wrote.
“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,” Lynch added.
Isaacson’s “continued presence will make it next to impossible for John Jay College to maintain any respect or credibility among the women and men who have dedicated their lives protecting this city, or among prospective students considering a law enforcement career,” Lynch wrote.
In an email to the Post, the pro-Antifa and pro-Communist professor said: “I critique 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.”
“I illuminate this fact in my classes in the hopes that my students are able to choose a career path that does not put them in the position of having to act as an agent of that institution,” he added.
As we reported, Isaacson believes that anyone who opposes Communism is a fascist.
Video of his pro-Antifa statement can be seen here.
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