Reporter Mark Schierbecker released a full version of his disturbing encounter with a University of Missouri mass media professor who called for “muscle” to force him to stop filming protests on the campus on Monday.
“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle over here. Help me get him out,” the professor, Melissa Click, is heard screeching at around 7:10 in the video.
Schierbecker was trying to film protesters who had gathered to celebrate the resignation of school president Tim Wolfe. Wolfe resigned for vague reasons on Monday after the football team threatened a boycott over racial issues.
Schierbecker’s video begins with an encounter between a journalist named Tim Tai who was being bullied by protesters who would also not let him photograph the event.
After the mob had successfully deterred Tai, Schierbecker approaches Click, who grabs his camera and calls for “muscle.”
At that point, students begin circling Schierbecker, who is heard saying that he has a right to record the event because it is on public property.
“I know, that’s a really good one. I’m a communications faculty and I really get that argument,” Click tells Schierbecker in a mocking tone.
“You need to go,” yells Click, whose areas of research include “Fifty Shades of Grey” and Lady Gaga.
Other protesters continue circling around Schierbecker, urging him to leave the premises.
“They’re very politely asked you to leave, and I’m going to walk out with you,” one man is seen telling him.
“He wants to go out pretty bad,” Click is heard saying. “And don’t let him back in.”