State NAACP Wants Hate Crime Charge In West Hartford Case

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Connecticut NAACP is calling on police to immediately file a felony hate crime charge against a white former college
student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate’s belongings.

The civil rights group has scheduled a rally Wednesday evening outside the West Hartford police department.

Former University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu was charged Oct. 28 with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace. Police said last week they
were seeking a hate crime charge, which has not been filed.

Police said Brochu claimed in an Instagram post to have tampered with her roommate’s belongings, including putting her toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t
shine” and rubbing used tampons on her backpack.

Police, prosecutors and Brochu didn’t return messages seeking comment.

Court records indicate Brochu doesn’t have a lawyer.

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