A white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate’s belongings has been allowed into a probation program.
A state judge in Hartford on Monday granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu’s request for accelerated rehabilitation that could result in criminal charges being erased from her record.
Misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges will be erased if she successfully completes two years of probation and 200 hours of community service.
Police said the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate’s backpack and putting her roommate’s toothbrush ‘where the sun doesn’t shine.’
Rowe stated in court that she was traumatized by Brochu’s harassment and called it “acts of hate”. The acts caused Rowe to have nightmares, being unable to trust others and other issues. According to Rowe, her post traumatic stress has affected her educational goals.
Rowe hopes the rehabilitation will change Brochu’s mindset:
“By giving her this second chance, I hope she will change her ways and finds love for all mankind no matter what race.”
Brochu’s lawyer, Thomas Stevens, says his client is remorseful and she wanted to apologize sooner but he told her not to because of his concern over civil litigation. Brochu’s scholarship was revoked and she lost her job during the entire ordeal. She is currently working another job to pay her legal fees.
“With the consequences she has endured … death threats … she knows she made a mistake,”
State Attorney Gail Hardy says her office did not find any evidence to charge Brochu with a hate crime.
“We don’t bring charges for personal purposes, we don’t bring charges for political purposes … vindictiveness, or to respond to demands from the public,”
The NAACP has a different opinion on the matter and says Brochu should be charged with a hate crime as Brochu tampered with Rowe’s hygiene products and smeared her used tampons on her backpack. State NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile released a statement after the hearing:
“There’s a system for white people and there’s a system for black people.That’s what we face every day.”