Michael Isaacson became widely known when, in August 2017, he posted a tweet glorifying the death of police officers. While working as a professor at a college of criminal justice, best known for preparing students for careers in law enforcement, Isaacson posted that, “some of y’all might think it sucks being anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.” The College’s president immediately distanced the school from Isaacson’s comments, claiming they “posed a danger to faculty and staff,” and immediately placed Isaacson on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Further research into Isaacson’s previous online activities revealed a pattern of violent anti-government and law enforcement posts. A self-professed anarchist, Isaacson, for example, wrote in 2015 that “the solution to American gun violence is more dead cops.” In the week prior to the post that saw him suspended, Isaacson wrote, “what’s even the point of a cop that isn’t dead?”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio personally addressed the controversy, stating that “New York City won’t stand for the vile anti-police rhetoric of Michael Isaacson and neither should John Jay College.”
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