Two University of Connecticut students have been charged with shouting a "racial slur" outside a campus apartment complex in an episode that was caught on video and has led to anti-white protests at the school.
Jarred Karal, of Plainville, and Ryan Mucaj, of Granby, both identified by police as 21-year-old white men, were charged Monday with "ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race".
The charge is a misdemeanor that carries a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. Phone and email messages were left for the two students, who are due in court Oct. 30. It was not clear Tuesday whether they had lawyers to speak for them.
Police said the young men were among three people seen on the video walking through the parking lot of UConn’s Charter Oak Apartment complex Oct. 11. Two of the three "use the racial slur several times and laugh", police said.
"The investigation showed that the males walked back through the apartment complex after leaving a local business and played a game in which they yelled vulgar words," according to the police report. "As they walked through the parking lot, Mucaj and Karal switched to saying a racial epithet that was heard by witnesses. The investigation revealed the third male did not participate."
The nigger word were recorded by a nigger student from an apartment window and posted on social media.
That student told police he was not sure whether the students saw him or were directing the racial epithets toward him
Karal told police the group was playing a game in which they would yell the word "penis." The first person who refuses to say the word loses, he said. "They decided to change the game to shouting the racial epithet", he said.