Melissa Click, the University of Missouri professor who was caught on camera trying to bully a student filming the protests that took place on campus last year, has been charged with third-degree assault.
In the video that documents her aggressive behavior, Click tells a student who is filming the protest that he must stop filming immediately and leave. When he refuses to do so, she becomes irate and tries to wrestle the camera from his hands before threatening him with mob violence.
“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click squawks to a crowd of riled up protestors. “I need some muscle over here!”
Now it looks like she will need some legal muscle to deal with the charges she’s facing.
Her actions, which have yet to get her fired from Mizzou, drew much criticism from her colleagues and has spurred Republican legislators to call for her termination.
Faculty at the journalism school, where Click holds a courtesy title that allows her to weigh in on the school’s graduate committee, voted to kick her out of the journalism school for attempting to squelch a student’s First Amendment rights. She eventually resigned her position at the journalism school, but remains a faculty member at Mizzou.
You can read more about the charges she is facing, and take a peek at the legal documents, here.