Melissa A. Click, the University of Missouri professor who was caught on video threatening a student cameraman with mob violence for attempting to cover on-campus protests, also appeared in a previous video in which she is shown yelling and swearing furiously at police officers.
This second video, unearthed by the Columbia Missourian, shows the taxpayer-funded professor screaming an obscenity-laced tirade during Mizzou’s Oct. 10 homecoming parade.
Click can be seen shrieking to cops to “get your hands off the children.” Then, she cusses at a cop who clutches her on the shoulder. “Get your fucking hands off me,” she says at one point, while generally exhibiting the same frantically furious behavior she flashed in the video that made her famous.
Police body cameras captured the raw footage. Police were attempting to expel a group of protesters blocking the parade route.
The University of Missouri’s interim chancellor, Hank Foley, denounced Click’s behavior.
“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,” Foley said in a statement obtained by St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV. “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.”
Foley added that he will address the latest example of Click’s behavior with Mizzou’s curators “as they work to complete their own review of the matter.”
Click, a 45-year-old mass media professor who studies Lady Gaga and has a graduate certificate in advanced feminist studies, became famous in November 2015 when she was caught on camera threatening a photojournalism student with mob violence, claiming he wasn’t allowed to be at a public protest, shaking his camera and attempting to deprive him of his First Amendment rights.
“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click shouted to the crowd. “I need some muscle over here.” (RELATED: Meet The Sick Mizzou Media Professor Who Threatened A Reporter With MOB VIOLENCE)
Click’s threatening behavior came amid a days-long series of racism-related protests at the University of Missouri during which groups of black activists marched around campus and camped out in tents on a quad. The protesters have called themselves Concerned Student 1950. (The name relates to the year the first black student matriculated at Mizzou.)
Delusional students eventually became so dizzy with racism that they saw imaginary people wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods. (RELATED: The Biggest, Dumbest Race Hoaxes And Fake Hate Crimes On Campus In 2015)
The newly-unearthed video comes at a particularly bad time for Click as she is just now attempting to repair her image after getting suspended — with pay, apparently — from her job and after cutting a deal with local authorities in which she agreed to perform 20 hours of community service to avoid a misdemeanor criminal assault charge
“My mistake is just one part of who I am,” Click told the Columbia Missourian in a 3,452-word article which features a trio of professional head shots of Click. “I want to stay at MU. I deserve to be heard and I deserve to be treated fairly, and I’m going to fight to be treated fairly. I think it’s everybody’s right to be treated fairly.”
She downplays her November encounter with the student journalist, Mark Schierbecker.
“I thought, ‘I don’t want a camera in my face. I don’t know who you are,'” Click told the newspaper. “It was not my best moment. I could have been much more respectful. I should have slowed down.”
Click also swore that her call for “some muscle over here” was not an attempt at intimidation or violence — no, no! — but merely her special way of seeking assistance to defuse the situation she had created peacefully.
Click has hired Status Labs, an “online reputation management” firm based in Austin, Texas to assist her as attempts to alter her woefully tarnished reputation.
Last semester’s days-long protest on Mizzou’s Columbia, Mo. campus centered on Jonathan Butler, a twentysomething graduate student. The son of a millionaire railroad executive went on a six-day hunger strike in November.
Butler’s goal, which he achieved, was to force then-MU system president Tim Wolfe to resign.
Butler’s protest gained strong momentum when he convinced 32 University of Missouri football players to pledge to boycott all team activities until Wolfe quit his job. (Ultimately, the team missed a single practice.) (RELATED: University Of Missouri Football Players BOYCOTT FOOTBALL Over Black Activist’s Hunger Strike)
In a letter to school officials posted (but no longer visible) on his Facebook page, Butler indicated that he began his hunger strike because someone in a pickup truck allegedly shouted a racist insult at a black student government member, because state law prevents Planned Parenthood from performing on-campus abortions and because someone drew a swastika with human feces in a dormitory bathroom. (RELATED: Here Is The Police Report From The Mizzou Poop Swastika Incident)
Applications for the fall 2016 academic year are down considerably at the University of Missouri. (RELATED: SURPRISE! Mizzou Sees Application Drop After Days Of Protests, Illusory Klan Hoods, Poop Swastika)
Concerned Student 1950 has released a statement claiming Click is a civil rights martyr and victim of violence.