The University of Missouri media professor who attempted to forcibly remove a reporter covering a campus protest in October has cut a deal with the prosecution.
Melissa Click will be required to do 20 hours of community service and remain on a probation-like one-year watch period in return for having a misdemeanor third-degree assault charge dropped, Colombia City Prosecutor Stephen Richey said Friday.
A video of the incident shows Click threatening a reporter who was covering a public event overseen by the Concerned Student 1950 group. When Click asked the reporter to leave, he refused, saying freedom of the press granted him the right to cover the event. Click responded by pushing his camera and yelling, "Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here."
Richey called Friday's deal "appropriate" because it stayed in line with how his office has handled similar municipal cases.
The university's Board of Curators suspended Click on Thursday despite an apology from the journalism professor.