Confronting a student journalist wasn’t the first time University of Missouri Columbia assistant professor Melissa Click showed off her fiery attitude.
Click picked a beef with Columbia cops, who captured the encounter on a body camera during a Concerned Student 1950 protest at the school’s Homecoming Parade in October, according to the Missourian.
The police video shows Click linking arms with fellow protesters and then heaving herself between a wall of demonstrators and a police officer asking the group to get out of the street. The group had surrounded a firetruck red 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle transporting former UM System President Tim Wolfe and his wife during the parade.
The Oct. 10 stunt brought the parade to a halt, prompting police to confront the protesters.
During the incident, Click went face-to-face with a police officer and asked him to “back up,” the video obtained by the Columbia, Mo., newspaper shows.
The showdown prompted another police officer to place his right hand on Click’s arm, a moment that prompted Click to fire back with profanities.
“Get your f***ing hands off me,” Click retorted.
The incident was a surprise to University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, who received a letter signed by 117 Republican lawmakers demanding Click’s termination. Foley knew about Click’s Nov. 9 confrontation calling for “muscle” to remove a photographer seeking access to a Carnahan Quadrangle tent city, calling the latest video another example of her misconduct.
“Her conduct and behavior are appalling,” Foley said in a statement. “I am not only disappointed, I am angry, that a member of our faculty acted this way.”
Source: New York Daily News | NICOLE HENSLEY