Schaefer calls for termination, filing of criminal charges against MU staff caught on camera
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Schaefer calls for termination, filing of criminal charges against MU staff caught on camera

Date: November 12, 2015
By: Jill Ornitz
State Capitol Bureau

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Columbia Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer has called on the University of Missouri to fire two staff members who were filmed blocking a news photographer from doing his job.
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Wrap: As a former prosecutor and assistant attorney general, Schaefer said the video indicates at least an instance of assault in the third degree.

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Description: "The issue there is they are clearly taking a leadership role in whatever the activity. And, you know, my call for them to be terminated and prosecuted relates solely to what I see on the video as establishing all of the elements of a violation of criminal law in the state of Missouri."
Greek Life Director Janna Basler has been placed on administrative leave while Assistant Communication Professor Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment she held with the journalism school.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jill Ornitz.

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Attorney general candidate Kurt Schaefer says the two University of Missouri staffers who were caught on video blocking a news photographer from taking pictures of protests on MU's campus.
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Wrap: Columbia Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer said Assistant Communications Professor Melissa Click and Greek Life Director Janna Basler should be fired and criminally prosecuted for physically blocking a photographer from taking photos of on-campus protests.

Schaefer said there were controversies debated on campus when he was a student, but those controversies do not excuse the actions of Click or Basler.

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Description: "But that's what a college campus is. It's not a place where faculty members assault other students because somehow they align with one student over another."

 

Basler and Click have both apologized for blocking a journalist from covering the protests.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jill Ornitz.

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Columbia Senator Kurt Schaefer says the University of Missouri staffers who were caught on camera trying to force student journalists out of a protest should be fired and criminally charged for their actions.
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Wrap: As a former assistant attorney general and prosecuter, Columbia Republican Kurt Schaefer said a video featuring Janna Basler and Melissa Click shows at least an instance of assault in the third degree.

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Description: "The conduct of those two in addition to being their own criminal conduct raises substantial monetary liability as well as reputational liability for the University of Missouri, which is just another reason that it should not be tolerated."

Schaefer said in his time at the University of Missouri, students debated controversial issues including apartheid, but that faculty members cannot be excused for favoring one student over another.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jill Ornitz.


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