HARTFORD, Conn. – A white former Connecticut college pupil accused of smearing physique fluids on her black roommate’s belongings requested a choose Tuesday to permit her right into a probation program that would erase prison fees from her file.
Brianna Brochu, 18, a former College of Hartford pupil from Harwinton, utilized for accelerated rehabilitation throughout an look in Hartford Superior Court docket. This system, usually for first-time, nonviolent defendants, permits fees to be erased upon profitable completion of a probation interval.
A choose set a listening to on the applying for March 12.
Brochu is charged with misdemeanor prison mischief and breach of peace.
West Hartford police say she wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate’s backpack and placing her roommate’s toothbrush “the place the solar would not shine.” She additionally known as her roommate “Jamaican Barbie,” and wrote that she put moldy clam dip in her roommate’s lotions and spit in her coconut oil.
Her roommate, Chennel Rowe, mentioned she developed throat ache.
The state NAACP and different supporters of Rowe have been calling for felony hate crime fees towards Brochu. Brochu’s lawyer, Tom Stevens, mentioned the roommates had a falling out and Brochu’s actions weren’t racially motivated.
Hartford State’s Legal professional Gail Hardy mentioned Tuesday that hate crime fees aren’t warranted.
“We do not have proof to help that the conduct that Brianna Brochu engaged in was dedicated to intimidate or harass Miss Rowe due to her perceived race or ethnicity,” Hardy informed The Related Press.
State NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile mentioned he was upset that Brochu will not face hate crime fees.
“This was blatant racism. The entire nation noticed it,” Esdaile mentioned.
Stevens mentioned Brochu clearly meets the necessities to be accepted into the probation program.
“Why burden an 18-year-old with a prison file when you will have the assumption that it was an remoted incident that may by no means occur once more?” he mentioned.