Gannett Hall at the School of Journalism on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia is seen on Nov. 10, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. 
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Mizzou media professor charged with siccing ‘muscle’ on reporter


The University of Missouri media professor who drew scorn for siccing “some muscle” on a campus reporter was formally charged with misdemeanor assault Monday.

Melissa Click was charged with third-degree assault and faces up to 15 days in jail if convicted, Kristina Wolf, a spokeswoman for the city prosecutor’s office in Columbia, Missouri, told NBC News.

Click was caught on video last fall trying to block reporter Tim Tai from covering a protest by a group called Concerned Student 1950 about the school’s handling of a series of racist incidents on campus.

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Reporters clash with Mizzou activists

A University of Missouri journalism student was confronted by students and faculty who forbade him from taking photos of them. The video was captured by Mark Schierbecker, who was himself asked to leave the scene by a professor.

Tai, who was hired by ESPN to take photos, was told to leave by a faculty member identified by the Columbia Missourian as Greek Life and Leadership Assistant Director Janna Basler. Tai refused while the activists chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go.”

Mark Schierbecker, who was videotaping the back-and-forth, then walked over to Click and said, “I’m media. Can I talk to you?”

“No, you need to get out,” Click said.

“No, I don’t,’ Schierbecker replied.

Click was then videotaped pushing his camera and yelling over to the activists, “Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.”

Schierbecker told Click he had every right to be there.

“I get that argument, but you need to go,” Click said and blocked Schierbecker’s camera with her hand.

Click identified herself as a member of the communications faculty. She was still listed on the school’s website as being part of the faculty. She did not return an email for comment.

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Mizzou media professor charged with siccing 'muscle' on reporter