NYC Professor Digs In After ‘Dead Cops' Tweet

An economics professor who's been placed on leave by New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice after tweeting about "future dead cops" says he'll continue to speak out.

Michael Isaacson says in text messages to the Daily News that he refuses to remain silent amid a "coordinated campaign" against him.

The adjunct professor said Aug. 23 on Twitter that while some people "might think it sucks" for an anti-fascist activist to teach at John Jay, he thinks it's "a privilege to teach future dead cops."

John Jay President Karol V. Mason says professors have a right to free speech but expressions of hate "are not welcome."

Mason says Isaacson was placed on leave for safety reasons. She says students and faculty have been threatened because of the tweet.

The police union has demanded that Isaacson be fired, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has condemned the professor, tweeting, "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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