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Melissa Click Charged With Assault in Mizzou Racial Protest

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Melissa Click caught on video of protest. (YouTube)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 11:49 AM

Melissa Click, a University of Missouri professor, has been charged with simple assault in connection with her confrontation with a student journalist during a protest in November which was captured on video.

The assistant professor of communications could receive 15 days in jail and fined up to $300 if convicted of the Class C misdemeanor, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Click could be seen on the video calling for "some muscle" to remove student journalist Mark Schierbecker from the university's Carnahan Quadrangle on Nov. 9.

The video, which showed the encounter with student photographer Tim Tai and Schierbecker, a student videographer, went viral with more than 2.8 million times on YouTube.



The incident came at the height of racially-charged protests by some African-American students and others on campus claiming the school was not addressing racial incidents there. Protests led to the resignation of University of Missouri system president Tom Wolfe after the university's football team threatened not to play, according to the Washington Post.

"Today Dr. Click has been charged with assault, and not just assault, but assault on a student reporter," University of Missouri interim chancellor Hank Foley said at a news conference, per the Post-Dispatch. "This is a very bad situation for us all. I want to personally apologize on behalf of the university to Mr. Tai and to Mr. Schierbecker."

Foley said a task force is examining what happened on Nov. 9 and will make recommendations to the university if it believes any other action should be taken, according to KQFX-TV.

"When we deviate from our processes, we tend to make mistakes," Foley said. "We have our ways of doing things that are not hasty. People are held accountable for their actions at the university. This is not being looked over. … Dr. Click is frankly aggrieved by this. I doubt she would do anything like this again."

The university's journalism school had revoked Click's courtesy title following the incident but some other faculty members signed a letter in her suppor. Some state legislators have called for Click's firing.

"While the University of Missouri seems to have no accountability the judicial system in Missouri does," State Rep. Caleb Jones, from Columbia, told KQFX-TV.

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