Mizzou Prof Who Called for 'Muscle' Charged With Assault

Melissa Click still has a job at the university
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2016 6:25 PM CST
In this Nov. 9, 2015 frame from video provided by Mark Schierbecker, Melissa Click confronts Schierbecker at the protest area in Columbia, Mo.   (Mark Schierbecker via AP)

(Newser) – The Mizzou journalism professor who stepped down after video surfaced of her calling for some "muscle" to force a journalist away from student protesters has been charged. Melissa Click, who was seen pushing away a journalist's camera on the video, was charged with third-degree misdemeanor assault Monday, NBC News reports. She faces up to 15 days in jail. Though Click resigned her professorship at the journalism school after the incident, she still has an associate professorship in the media department, Mediaite reports. Many have called for her ouster, but ABC 17 reports that the school's interim chancellor says she's keeping her job as a task force investigates the incident and determines whether she'll get tenure. (Read more University of Missouri stories.)

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