Brianna Brochu Now Faces Hate Crime Charge, Is No Longer University of Hartford Student
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Brianna Brochu Now Faces Hate Crime Charge, Is No Longer University of Hartford Student

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Brianna Brochu in her mugshot.

Brianna Brochu is now a former University of Hartford student and is facing a hate crime charge for harassing and intimidating her ex-roommate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe.

Brochu, 18, of Harwinton, Connecticut, admitted that she licked her roommate’s “plate, fork and spoon, put tampon blood on (her) backpack, and mixed Rowe’s lotions with other lotions also on Rowe’s desk” out of “spite,” according to court documents obtained by Heavy. Brochu is white and Rowe is black. The case gained national attention Tuesday after Rowe posted a Facebook Live video documenting the treatment she received during her first weeks of college. Brochu’s name was trending worldwide on Twitter Wednesday morning as she made her first appearance at Hartford Community Court and learned the case would not be taken as lightly as it originally appeared.

In an Instagram post, Brochu wrote, “Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons (on) her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”

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Jazzy Rowe.

Brochu, who was charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, faced Judge Tammy Geathers Wednesday morning at the community court, which is typically where minor cases are heard. Cases there end with community service and eventually lead to the charges being dropped and expunged. But the state prosecutor said her office has decided to move the case to Hartford Superior Court, the criminal court where more serious charges are heard, because of the “severity” of the allegations.

She is currently free on $1,000 bail. The judge barred Brochu from the University of Hartford campus and issued a no-contact order with the victim. She told Brochu that if she contacts or tries to contact Rowe in person, by phone, on Facebook, on Instagram or elsewhere, she will be found in violation of the conditions of her release. Brochu, who was flanked by her parents in front of the judge, responded, “Yes your honor.” She did not say anything else during her brief hearing. Brochu and her parents did not comment at the courthouse and she is not yet represented by an attorney.

Shortly after the hearing, West Hartford Police sent out a press release saying they are seeking to add an additional charge, second-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias, a class D felony that carries a potential sentence of 1 to 5 years in prison. The intimidation law states:

A person is guilty of intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the second degree when such person maliciously, and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of the actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of such other person, does any of the following: (1) Causes physical contact with such other person, (2) damages, destroys or defaces any real or personal property of such other person, or (3) threatens, by word or act, to do an act described in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection, if there is reasonable cause to believe that an act described in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection will occur.

It was also announced Wednesday morning that Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. It is not clear if she was expelled or withdrew from the university.

“I am writing to provide further updates on the deeply disturbing situation involving our students. As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution,” University of Hartford President Greg Woodward said in a statement.

Woodward added, “There has been an outpouring of concern for the victim of these acts from across the University and the country. In my meeting with her yesterday, I reiterated my personal commitment to ensuring she has all available personal and academic resources the University can provide. It is clear there is work to be done at our University to ensure that all students feel safe, respected, and valued. The conversations that began with student groups, faculty, and staff yesterday are going to continue and involve our full community. I am dedicated to that mission and will continue to share additional information about opportunities for our path forward in meaningful dialogue and action.”

Also on Wednesday, court documents in the case against Brochu were released by the court. You can read the documents below or by going here:

West Hartford Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Michael Perruccio said, “The department is in the process of reviewing the entire case to ensure the proper procedures were followed.”

You can read more about Brianna Brochu by going here:

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Anonymous

What is wrong with Brochu? I sincerely hope someday, somehow, someone pulls the same “shit,” literally, on her–only 100 times worse! She is a disgusting pile of rotting garbage. And I hope her future and reputation will FOREVER be tainted by she’s done, and that she NEVER lives it down! What she did is unforgiveable!

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dreama

If we taught our white kids about race and racism (not the “we’re all the same” and “we all bleed red” kind of thing), maybe Brianna wouldn’t be facing a felony about now. Obviously she lives in a country where the leader of said country might even applaud at least her words if not her actions. When one lives in white supremacy, one usually absorbs white supremacy. But the simple question is: why didn’t Brianna just ask to be moved to a different room? I work at a university and young folks change rooms all the time. Didn’t this option occur to Brianna?

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Paula

I really bet your parents are so proud of you—NOT.
You are a disgusting, disgrace to the human race. I hope the judge puts you in prison for a long time

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Paula

I really bet your parents are so proud of you—NOT.
You are a disgusting, disgrace to the human race. I hope the judge puts you in prison for a long time

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Nick

I demand Ms. Brochu answer for all white people. I mean, when a black person or other non-real-Amurrikin does something terrible, it’s because “they are all the same, those horrible fill-in-the-blanks.” So make with the denials, white folks. BTW, I am one, and no I do not condone! Follow my example!

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K..Manikandan Moses baby, Erode., Tamil Nadu., India

Caste system India is highly confusing ,,,,
The below story is a true story happened in our family.
That’s why we need to preach JESUS to India,,,,
Only JESUS can save our people from deaths of caste ,or ,Creed ,,or community partialities ,,
Jesus came to abolish castism. ,,or racism,,
,
My grandmother belonged to a community.,,,
My grandfather belonged to a different community.
The story of my grandmother’s father’s story is very pathetic .
1)He belonged to a particular community ,,,or caste,,
2)they were known for ,,,,not mingling with others ,,,,people ,, especially with my grandfather’s community (according to my maternal uncle)
3)They given their daughter to a different community adoption through city municipality authorities,, ,,
4)My mother’s family accepted my grandma ,,,but not her father and her younger sister,, (because they are all two different castes or communities,,, don’t mingle with each other )
5)My grandmother’s father after her wife’s death lived with her younger daughter who was not given adoption to anybody but she was given married to a government employee ,,
6)For a reason he fought with her younger daughter and came in refuge to my grandmother’s home (her first daughter who was given adoption to a different community),,
7)Here my grandmother didn’t like him (her original father)stay in her house in fear of her husband family caste,,,,or,, community,,
8)So one day she gave 5 ruppees note and asked h to go and die in any pond or well or river ,,
9)He left her ,,
10)No trace of him afterwards ,,
This the pathetic story of my grandma family..,,
A victim of caste or poverty,,,
.. or social systems..
Pray for us..
God bless you .
Those who believe Jesus is little better than those who don’t know Jesus in their community.
So JESUS is great miracle,,,
PRAY for India..
PRAY for Tamil Nadu,,,
Ours is a true story.
God bless you.
We need JESUS for India.
Praise God .
PRAY for us ,
God bless you.

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