Suspended Missouri professor caught shouting at police

By Shawn Price  |  Feb. 16, 2016 at 12:12 AM
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COLUMBIA, Mo., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The University of Missouri assistant professor who was suspended after asking for "some muscle" against a student journalist in a video shot last November is in trouble again for shouting at a police officer on campus.

Another video, released by the Columbia Police Department and first published in the Columbia Missourian, shows Melissa Click shouting obscenities at an officer during a campus homecoming parade about a month before the first video was shot.

Click is not a tenured professor at the university, but had applied for it when a video was released of her trying to intimidate a videographer from the student newspaper during a campus protest in November over the university's racial issues. She was suspended shortly after that.

Click appears to be part of earlier protest in the newly released video. As an officer attempts to clear a campus road for a homecoming parade, Click is a member of group trying to block the road. When the officer moves Click and the group back to the sidewalk, she is seen shouting obscenities in the face of the officer.

Interim chancellor Hank Foley, who has resisted calls for her dismissal, issued a strongly worded statement Sunday night:

"Last night, like many in our community, I watched newly released footage of Dr. Melissa Click directing a verbal assault against members of the Columbia Police Department during the homecoming parade in October 2015.

Her conduct and behavior are appalling, and I am not only disappointed, I am angry, that a member of our faculty acted this way. 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.

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."

Click has hired a public relations firm to help her keep her job.

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