UConn students arrested for yelling racial slurs now suing the university, citing violation of free speech


STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — Two UConn students who were arrested last year for shouting racial slurs outside a campus apartment housing at students of color are now suing the university.

Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj claim UConn is violating their rights to free speech by holding disciplinary proceedings that include a recommendation to remove them from student housing.

A video of the pair yelling the N-word in the parking lot of Charter Oak Apartments on Oct. 11 went viral.

Both are seeking undisclosed damages.

On Jan. 8, Karal was given accelerated rehabilitation and six months of probation. If he successfully completes it, charges against him will be dropped.

He must also serve 20 hours of community service and undergo diversity and bias training.

UConn isn’t commenting on the suit.

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