The professor at John Jay College in New York City who made headlines this week for tweeting vile comments about police last month just received a big notice from his employer.
What did he say?
On August 23, professor Michael Isaacson wrote on his Twitter account @VulgarEconomics: "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."
John Jay College is a university focusing on criminal justice.
The comment made headlines this week but was magnified after Fox News host Tucker Carlson had Isaacson on his show and debated him.
What did his employer say?
According to the New York Post, John Jay College president Karol Mason said: "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."
She said that after Isaacson's comments ginned up outrage on the internet, she was forced to make an immediate decision.
"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."
Even Mayor De Blasio had to chime in
New York City Mayor has not had the best relationship with his police department during his tenure as mayor. In fact, it's been tumultuous at best.
However, even he had to response to Isaacson's comments:
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
Then Isaacson responded:
First @NYCMayor has taken a swipe at the administrative autonomy of John Jay College and CUNY— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) September 16, 2017
Second, @nycmayor has taken a swipe at free speech and academic freedom— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) September 16, 2017
Third, @NYCMayor is placating PBA with a costless symbolic demand to avoid having to meet the MATERIAL demands in contract negotiations— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) September 16, 2017
Keep in mind this is the same @NYCMayor who was protested by that same PBA for balking on a 1% pay increase. Who's really anti-police here?— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) September 16, 2017