- The Washington Times - Monday, February 15, 2016

Melissa Click, the University of Missouri professor who was suspended and charged with assaulting a student journalist during campus protests last year, is again under review after she was seen in a newly surfaced video yelling profanities at police officers.

Ms. Click, an assistant professor of communication, is seen telling cops to “back off” and “get your [expletive] hands off me” during an Oct. 10 Homecoming parade as law enforcement was trying to clear activists blocking traffic. The Missourian obtained the police body camera footage, published Saturday, through an open records request.

“Her conduct and behavior are appalling, and I am not only disappointed, I am angry that a member of our faculty acted this way,” Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said in a statement. “Her actions caught on camera last October are just another example of a pattern of misconduct by Dr. Click — most notably her assault on one of our students while seeking ‘muscle’ during a highly volatile situation on Carnahan Quadrangle in November.”

Ms. Click was suspended from her university position on Jan. 27, facing a misdemeanor assault charge after she was filmed Nov. 9 angrily grabbing at a camera held by MU student Mark Schierbecker and calling for “some muscle” to remove him from inside a human wall blocking journalists from the Concerned Student 1950 camp, the Missourian reported.

Ms. Click told the newspaper on Friday that she made a mistake and would “fight to be treated fairly” as she moves to regain her job. On Jan. 29, the city prosecutor announced he would drop the criminal charge in a year as long as Ms. Click completes community service, but her position at the university remains a question.

“We must have high expectations of members of our community, and I will address these new revelations with the Board of Curators as they work to complete their own review of the matter,” Mr. Foley said in his statement.

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