Brianna Brochu, a white former student of Connecticut University, has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal mischief and breach of peace after contaminating her black roommate’s belongings with bodily fluids. The decision to not prosecute Brochu on hate crime charges has many outraged, sparking protests.
According to The Washington Post, Brochu had taken to social media to brag about rubbing used tampons on the backpack of Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe’s and putting her toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t shine.” She also tainted her roommate’s lotions with moldy clam dip and had spit into her coconut oil. Her roommate had experienced throat pain following the contamination. Brochus had described Rowe as “Jamaican Barbie” in the social media posts.
Rowe had told police that Brochu had “generally ignored her and treated her as a ghost,” when they were roommates. Before this, Brochu had posted videos of Rowe snoring online to make fun of