Mizzou Professor Melissa Click Charged With Assault

The charges come after an incident with a reporter during the protests on campus in November.

The University of Missouri Communications Professor caught on video ordering student journalists to leave a public campus area to keep them from other students at the public university is now facing an assault charge in that incident.

ABC 30 News has confirmed that MU Communication Professor Melissa Click has been charged with a class C, or 3rd degree assault, for her actions during the MU campus protests in November.

Click and another university employee are seen with a group of other students, intimidating the reporters and physically blocking them from covering the aftermath of student protests at Mizzou which ended with the resignation of two top University of Missouri officials that week.

The Mizzou student-reporter who recorded the incident, Mark Schierbecker, filed charges with campus police, who forwarded it to Columbia prosecutors. Click is seen slapping his camera down before she walks over to a group of people asking for "more muscle" to have him removed.

The MU School of Journalism revoked her courtesy title following the incident.

About 100 MU faculty members voiced their support for Click in a signed letter, but more than 100 Missouri state lawmakers called for her termination earlier this month.

Columbia State Representative Caleb Jones says the charges are appropriate. "While the University of Missouri seems to have no accountability, the judicial system in Missouri does," said Jones.

Last week, a member of the UM Board of Curators joined the call for her firing.

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