Interim University of Missouri Chancellor Hank Foley issued a written statement Sunday night responding to newly released police body camera video of MU Communications Professor Melissa Click in a confrontation with police after a demonstration by the group Concerned Student 1950 at the MU Homecoming Parade.
Here is Foley's complete statement:
“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. 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—most notably, her assault on one of our students while seeking ‘muscle’ during a highly volatile situation on Carnahan Quadrangle in November. We must have high expectations of members of our community, and I will address these new revelations with the Board of Curators as they work to complete their own review of the matter.”
The UM Board of Curators suspended Click with pay last month pending an investigation into her actions last fall. Click began doing interviews with local media outlets this week for the first time since a video of her confronting students trying to record demonstrators on campus unleashed a firestorm of criticism. Last month, more than 100 state legislators issued a joint statement calling for Click to be fired from her position at the University.
Previously, Foley had been more muted in his criticism of Click, saying she would go through a tenure review process as she would have if none of this had happened last semester.