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Georgia Tech, John Jay College and the Disparity in Outrage

Georgia Tech, John Jay College and the Disparity in Outrage
A truck loads a burned Georgia Tech police vehicle in front of the police station on campus in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. The car was allegedly set ablaze by protesters who were demonstrating against a shooting, which resulted in a fatality, of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles)

By Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:58 PM Current | Bio | Archive

As I departed the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle in Manhattan yesterday afternoon, I made my customary turn onto 59th Street and headed for the West Side highway and my trip northward home. I had just finished an appearance for Headline News in my role as a CNN law enforcement analyst. The topic had been related to the Georgia Tech campus police officer-involved-shooting of a troubled student who was allegedly brandishing a knife at responding officers.

Armed with the currently available facts at hand, my assessment of the tragic encounter after reviewing surveillance camera footage of the interaction: justifiable shooting by the police.

My analysis, however, in no way impacted the anticipated response on Georgia Tech’s campus, where my father served on the faculty for thirteen years. Last night, angry protesters turned violent. What began as a quiet vigil for the slain student who had called 911, which led to responding police and what appears to be a desired suicide-by-cop outcome, of course led to smashed car windows, the burning of a police cruiser, three arrests, and injured police officers.

Chalk another one up for the Left’s “peaceful protesters.”

Now, back to my commute home from CNN Headquarters, the usual route which took me past the campus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on 59th Street. It has only been a few days since John Jay economics professor, Mike Isaacson — who owns the twitter handle @VulgarEcononics — was placed on administrative leave by the college for tweeting a reprehensible screed about relishing the opportunity to instruct "future dead cops," at an academic institution that is world-renowned for its criminal justice program.

On August 23, Isaacson posted this: “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.”

Following an appearance defending the militant Leftist Antifa’s tactics on Tucker Carlson’s program on Fox News Channel on September 15, it was learned that the young professor had posted the vile tweet, leading to expected recriminations and cries for his firing by a local police union.

John Jay president Karol Mason was correct in placing the professor on “administrative leave” and condemned his remarks in a letter made available once public outcry catapulted the story onto a national stage.

Look, let’s stipulate that I’m in no way conflating a student’s tragic — yet quite possibly, unpreventable — death in Georgia, to a lame-brained Leftist New York professor’s idiotic tweet about “dead cops.”

However, as my car rolled west on 59th Street last night, along the main entrance frontage of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I took in a classically calm and serene picture of casual congregations of students between classes, smoking, joking, sharing stories, staring at smartphone screens, and sipping Starbucks.

Where were the protests? Where were the placards? Wasn’t anyone even remotely “triggered” by Isaacson’s vile and offensive comments and tweet?

I shook my head as my vehicle inched along, slowing to allow throngs of college students being college students, as they meandered along, crossing my car’s path. Thankfully, there was no evidence of a smoldering NYPD cruiser or smashed windows or “peaceful protesters” clad in masks and hurling urine as far as the eye could see.

Nope. It appeared to be just a boringly normal metropolitan college campus nestled inside of Manhattan. The student chatter I overheard, related to the New York Yankees and their quest for a wild-card berth. This, seemingly much more relevant to the students — many of them to be the “future cops” Isaacson spoke so derisively about — than the ill-advised intemperate remarks of the self-proclaimed Antifa supporter and instructor of future slain peace officers.

We can be incensed by this disgraceful professor’s comments. We can demand that John Jay College legally navigates the administrative process, ensures the professor receives his due process considerations, and then terminates him for his ill-conceived remarks.

We can chatter incessantly about it on social media.

We can pen a condemnatory column like this.

And then we can move on.

All without a single rock, bottle, matchstick, or vial of liquid human waste being tossed anyone’s way.

I wish the Left could see to express their disagreements in the same manner.

James A. Gagliano is a 1987 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following his service as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, he entered the FBI, serving in a myriad of positions in the investigative, tactical resolution (SWAT), undercover, diplomatic and executive management realms. He was a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and has posted to assignments in Afghanistan, Mexico City, and parts of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He retired in December of 2015 from the FBI’s New York City Office. He currently serves as a Law Enforcement Analyst for CNN, provides Leadership consultation for corporate clients of the Thayer Leader Development Group (TLDG) at his alma mater, and instructs undergraduates at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where he earned an M.P.S. in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership in 2016. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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