Former student expelled after gun arrest sues Virginia Tech

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former student expelled from Virginia Tech after being arrested on a gun charge is suing the school and police officials in federal court.

Yunsong Zhao filed a complaint Thursday saying police violated his rights in falsely arresting him, and school officials violated his due process rights in dismissing him.

Police claim they saw Zhao at a local range shooting a semi-automatic rifle with a 30-round magazine. Virginia prohibits non-citizens from having guns with magazines holding more than 20 rounds.

But police never found a 30-round magazine in searching Zhao’s room and vehicles. A judge has expressed doubt about a conviction.

Zhao says campus police have repeatedly harassed him because he’s Asian and likes guns. The shooter who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007 also was Asian.

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