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University professor who told journalist to get out of protest area charged with assault


The professor who made headlines when she called for “some muscle” to help her get reporters away from protesters at the University of Missouri in November has been charged with misdemeanor assault. Melissa A. Click received widespread criticism after a video of her yelling at a journalist, grabbing at his camera, and asking for others in the area to help her get him out of there went viral online. Now Click has been charged criminally in municipal court in Columbia, Missouri, for her actions.

The dustup occurred during widespread protests on the University of Missouri’s campus after the football team went on strike to force the administration to deal more aggressively with racism on campus. It resulted in the resignation of the school’s chancellors and the university system’s president. Click, an assistant professor, has been teaching her communications from her home while news of the charges grew on campus and in the community. More than 100 state legislators have called for her dismissal.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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