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Connecticut College Students Charged With Violating State Law Prohibiting ‘Ridicule' after Using Racial Slur


Added 10-22-19 11:04:02am EST - “Students Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj were arrested by campus police Monday night after using a racial slur in an incident captured on video.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Connecticut College Students Charged With Violating State Law Prohibiting ‘Ridicule’ after Using Racial Slur | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

University of Connecticut students Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj were arrested by campus police Monday night and charged with violating a Connecticut hate crime statute for using a racial slur in an incident captured on video.

One night earlier this month, Karal and Mucaj — both described by police as white — walked with another individual through the parking lot of a student apartment complex playing “a game in which they yelled vulgar words,” according to the incident report. Police allege that the two switched to saying “n*****” when they reached the parking lot, which was loud enough for two people inside to hear.

The two were charged under a Connecticut State law that criminalizes ridiculing “any person or class of people on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race.” The misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of $50, or both. The third individual was not charged for saying the slur.

“It is supportive of our core values to pursue accountability, through due process, for an egregious assault on our community that has caused considerable harm,” UConn President Thomas C. Katsouleas said in a statement late Monday.

After the video went viral online, Campus blowback was swift. The administration, which learned of the incident October 11, faced severe criticism from students and activists. On Monday, the university’s NAACP chapter published a letter to the editor in the campus newspaper lambasting the university’s administration.

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