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Hate crime? Hartford student accused of smearing used tampon on black roommate’s belongings pleads not guilty.

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Brianna Brochu
Pictured former Hartford student, Brianna Brochu accused of harassment after smearing her tampon on her former dorm roommate,
Brianna Brochu
Pictured former University of Hartford student, Brianna Brochu accused of harassment after smearing her tampon on her former dorm roommate, Chennel Rowe.

Outrage ensues after Brianna Brochu avoids being charged with a hate crime after smearing a dirty tampon on her black dorm roommate’s belongings. 

Brianna Brochu a former University of Hartford student accused of harassing her black roommate and smearing her backpack with a dirty tampon pleaded not guilty Monday – and won’t face additional hate crime charges.

Brochu, of Harwinton, Connecticut, was charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace after the white college student admitted in an October Instagram post putting Chennel Rowe’s toothbrush ‘where the sun doesn’t shine.’

Prosecutors didn’t file additional charges against the 18-year-old on Monday. Brochu asked if she could have a trial by jury, reported the Hartford Courant.

In the post, Brochu referred to Rowe a freshman as ‘Jamaican Barbie.’ She said she desecrated her roommate’s belongings with a used tampon, spit in her coconut oil and put moldy clam dip in her lotions.

Brochu told police she licked Rowe’s eating utensils and that her actions were meant to ‘appear funny.’ Rowe said she suffered throat pain, and the university expelled Brochu.

The pair shared a dormitory together with Brochu allegedly determined for Rowe to move out.

Brianna Brochu
Pictured former University of Hartford student, Brianna Brochu and her former dorm room-mate, Chennel Rowe.
Brianna Brochu
Brochu boasted about how she tormented her roommate on Instagram after she moved out and referred to her as ‘Jamaican Barbie’.

‘Jamaican Barbie.’ Brianna Brochu’s actions weren’t motivated by racial hate just hate….?

Thomas Stevens, Brochu’s lawyer, said his client’s actions weren’t racially motivated and that she snapped in response to Rowe’s rude behavior.

During a previous court appearance, Brochu’s defense lawyer argued that the roommates ‘simply did not get along’. He said Rowe triggered Brochu’s response by posting an ‘unflattering’ Snapchat video of her snoring.  

The state’s NAACP chapter protested outside the courtroom, demanding she be charged with a hate crime.

‘This is a hate crime,’ state NASACP President Scot X Esdaile said on Monday. ‘We cannot sweep this under the rug. We are not going away. We will continue to come to court to make sure that justice is serve,’ reported WTNH.

Brochu’s case will continue until Jan. 29.

Brianna Brochu
Brianna Brochu police bookings.
Chennelle 'Jazzy' Rowe
Chennelle ‘Jazzy’ Rowe shares Brochu’s post victimizing her.
Chennel Rowe
Chennel Rowe: a victim of hate crime?