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University of Missouri board suspends professor who confronted journalists during protests

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Mizzou Assistant Professor Melissa Click

In this frame from a video, Melissa Click, assistant professor of communications at University of Missouri, orders a student videographer out of an area of a public campus quadrangle on Monday Nov. 9, 2015, and calls for more "muscle'' to remove him. (From Mark Schierbecker).

Melissa Click, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri who gained national attention last year stemming from a run-in with student journalists, was suspended by the UM Board of Curators late Wednesday night.

In a prepared statement, UM Board of Curators chairwoman Pam Henrickson said the board had directed the university’s general counsel to conduct an investigation to determine whether more discipline was necessary.

Click pleaded not guilty this week to a misdemeanor assault charge after she was caught on video in a confrontation with students.

On Nov. 9, University of Missouri-Columbia students had assembled to celebrate the resignation of then-UM System President Timothy M. Wolfe.

Wolfe had angered students over the perception that he was indifferent to a number of racist incidents on campus.

Click was captured on video blocking student journalists and calling others for “muscle” to keep the student journalists from taking photos and videos of the celebration.In the days afterward, a number of legislators and others called for Click’s resignation.

This week, interim Mizzou Chancellor Hank Foley resisted calls to fire Click. He said he would wait for due process to play out.

Click is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 16.

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Koran Addo is a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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