MU professor weighs in on Click assault charge
COLUMBIA - Two MU professors affirmed his support for Melissa Click following assault charges against Click Monday.
In December, more than 100 members of MU's faculty signed a letter of support for Assistant Professor Melissa Click.
History Professor Andrew Hobereck helped to organize the effort.
He said Wednesday he stands by the support he gave Click in the letter.
He said the justice system operates by innocent until proven guilty and "people are reacting to these charges and not giving the time to see the justice system do work."
Assistant Professor Daniel Domingues, another faculty member of MU's History Department, said via email he signed the letter as part of the "collective effort."
In the statement of support, the group of faculty members cited outside organizations as wronging Click in the media.
"Much of the commentary in the press and on social media has gone beyond legitimate debate to ad hominem attacks on, and harassment of, Click personally, and has even included calls for her dismissal from the university," the December statement said. "In many cases, we believe, this commentary has been driven by outside groups with agendas external to that of the University."
The faculty letter also called for the university to defend Click's First Amendment "rights of protest."
Click came under fire after a video surfaced during protests on MU's campus in November showing her shouting at Mark Schierbecker, an MU student journalist covering the protest, calling for "muscle" to help remove him from the protest site on the Carnahan Quad.
Columbia Assistant City Counselor Stephen Richey filed a third degree assault charge against Click on Monday, to which she since pleaded "not guilty" Tuesday.
[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Hobereck and Domingues and removes references to two faculty members who did not commet. It has been edited for clarity. The headline to this story has also been changed.]
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