- Lecturer Michael Isaacson identifies with antifa or anti-fascist movement
- New York's largest police union head called for the lecturer's dismissal
- New York Mayor Bill Blasio also expressed his anger with the comments
John Jay College of Criminal Justice adjunct professor Michael Isaacson has taught courses in economics and is a self-described member of the anti-fascist, or antifa movement.
Many students at John Jay eventually join the New York Police Department.
On Friday, Pat Lynch the head of New York's largest police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, sent John Jay's president a letter calling for Isaacson's dismissal. Lynch highlighted an Aug. 23 tweet by the lecturer.
"Some of y'all 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," Isaacson wrote in the post on Twitter, according to a screen-grab from the union.
Lynch's letter accused Isaacson of promoting violence against police.
The criticism of Isaacson's social media post follows heightened scrutiny of law enforcement over officers' use of force against minorities. The country has also seen a number of targeted killings of police officers, including the shooting death of five officers in Dallas last year.
John Jay College President Karol Mason said in a statement later on Friday that Isaacson was placed on administrative leave as the college reviews the matter.
"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," Mason said.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday wrote on Twitter the city "won't stand for the vile anti-police rhetoric of Michael Isaacson and neither should John Jay College."
Isaacson appeared on Fox News on Thursday, where during an interview by host Tucker Carlson he defended the left-leaning antifa. Antifa followers have this year engaged in street clashes, particularly in the California city of Berkeley, with conservative protesters.
Isaacson's television appearance appears to have drawn increased attention to his social media posts, including the Aug. 23 comment.
Isaacson, in a statement on Friday, said he critiques "policing as an institution which operates at the behest of a state that increasingly represents the weapons and prison industry."
He added that he hopes his students choose a career path that does not put them "in the position of having to act as an agent of that institution."
Isaacson did not immediately return emails.
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