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University of Missouri fires Melissa Click

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A University of Missouri professor Melissa Click at a homecoming parade (Credit: Columbia Missourian / YouTube) A University of Missouri professor Melissa Click at a homecoming parade (Credit: Columbia Missourian / YouTube)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri fired an assistant professor on Thursday who had been suspended after run-ins with student journalists during protests last year, including a videotaped confrontation where she called for "some muscle" to remove a videographer from the Columbia campus.

Top university administrators announced Melissa Click's dismissal during a conference call. More than 100 state lawmakers had called for the dismissal of the 45-year-old assistant communications professor.

A video clip that went viral showed Click calling for "some muscle" to remove a student videographer during protests on Nov. 9 that were spurred by what activists said was administrators' indifference to racial issues on campus. Click was later charged with misdemeanor assault, but a Columbia prosecutor ultimately agreed to drop the case if Click completed community service.

More recently, police body camera footage from the October homecoming parade shows Click telling police to get their hands off students and cursing at an officer who grabbed her. Demonstrators had blocked then-University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe's vehicle, and the video shows Click telling police to "get your hands off the children" and cursing at an officer who grabbed her shoulder.

As Columbia police pushed protesters onto the sidewalk, Click hugged students and spoke with them before stepping between Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, who later went on a hunger strike, and an officer.

Click, who was suspended last month, has said she regretted her actions.

Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said earlier this month that the homecoming parade footage showed a "pattern of misconduct."

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

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A video of University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click confronting police officers during the school’s homecoming parade has surfaced.

In the video, Click is allegedly seen confronting Columbia police officers who were trying to remove protesters that were blocking the parade route. The footage, which was captured on the body cameras of two officers, allegedly shows Click shouting obscenities at police.

Interim University of Missouri Chancellor Hank Foley released the following statement:

“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 was suspended after “calling for some muscle” to remove a student photographer who was taking pictures of protests on the Mizzou campus.

Click was charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with the incident with the photographer, but later reached a deal with prosecutors.

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