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Missouri professor calls her protest actions embarrassing

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Melissa Click (Credit: Mark Schierbecker / YouTube) Melissa Click (Credit: Mark Schierbecker / YouTube)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A suspended University of Missouri assistant professor says she's embarrassed about her run-ins with student journalists during race-related student protests in November.

Melissa Click called for "some muscle" to remove a student videographer from the protest area on the Columbia campus. The confrontation was caught on video.

Click tells KMIZ-TV she felt compelled to confront him, citing a lack of campus police. She calls the run-in "a hectic and flustering moment," and says she wasn't calling for violence.

Click claims the videographer never identified himself as a student or a journalist. But in the video that went viral, the student says he's with the media as he approaches Click.

Click was charged with misdemeanor assault, but a Columbia prosecutor says he'll drop the matter if she completes community service.

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