The Connecticut NAACP and some University of Hartford students are pushing for hate crime charges against a former student accused of bullying her roommate by allegedly spreading bodily fluids on her personal belongings.
The Connecticut NAACP is calling what 18-year-old Brianna Brochu is accused of doing to her roomate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, more than bullying, mischief or breach of peace. They say Brochu caused physical harm and intimidation based on her race and the color of her skin.
Brochu has already been charged with breach of peace and criminal mischief after she posted on Instagram about how she tampered with her roommate’s belongings, calling the victim a "Jamaican Barbie."
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West Hartford police said they were requesting the court add an intimidation charge. However, NAACP and state leaders met with State Attorney Gail Hardy yesterday and said they were told the District Attorney’s office hasn’t received a request for hate crime charges from West Hartford Police. They are now asking police and prosecutors to work to bring that charge against Brochu before her next court appearance later on this month.
West Hartford police said they have shared all the information they have with the state's attorney's office, which is now handling the case.
Students here continue to push for positive change on campus
“I think right now I am more inspired because I have seen so many students that have taken this seriously and used their voices and standing up,” said Student Body President Bryson Owens.
That rally is set for 6 p.m. at West Hartford Police headquarters.
West Hartford police said they will have officers available to assist the NAACP.