GRAMERCY, Manhattan (PIX11) — Students say 29-year-old adjunct CUNY professor Eric Linsker was back teaching his English composition class at Baruch College following his arrest over the weekend during the Brooklyn Bridge protest.
The Harvard-educated poet allegedly struggled with police after a cop ordered him to put down a trash can he was allegedly about to throw onto the bridge’s roadway where other officers and demonstrators were walking.
The Crown Heights resident was released on bail following his arraignment Sunday on charges of allegedly assaulted two police officers, one of whom suffered a broken nose.
“I wonder what he is teaching his students,” Ret. NYPD Sgt. Joseph Giacalone said to PIX11. “As a John Jay professor, I know how you can influence young minds.”
Retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone is part of a Facebook page called Fire Eric Linsker. The page now has close to 3000 likes.
This John Jay College professor also points to Linsker’s award-winning poetry, which includes phrases such as “expletive the police.”
Giacalone also worries about what the professor planned to do with hammers found in his backpack.
“You could hurt someone pretty badly with those hammers,” Giacalone said.
A spokesman for Baruch College did not answer specific questions about the professor’s future at the college, only saying “while we believe in free speech, we deplore violence of any kind and will support the official investigation into this matter.”
Many Baruch students are standing by their professor.
“I think he should continue to teach,” Steve Nurhan, Baruch student, told PIX11. “Maybe he should be fined.”
“I am not saying I approve of his conduct,” Gabrielle Bruyning, another Baruch student said. “I don’t know exactly what he did, but he should be allowed to voice his opinion.”
The NYPD said Monday they are also looking for 6 other people — 3 women, 3 men — allegedly involved in an attack on NYPD officers Saturday.
“We do not take attacks on our police officers lightly,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, adding that a reward will be offered for information leading to arrests.