The attorney for former University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu, who is accused of harassing her roommate by defiling her things with bodily fluids, said he does not expect hate crime charges to be filed in the case.
While standing outside the Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday, attorney Thomas Stevens explained he believed Brochu’s actions were not based on race, reported the Hartford Courant.
“I think this is sort of not the case that you all have been fanning the flame on,” Stevens told the Courant. “I think when it’s all said and done, what you’re gonna see is there was nothing racial that motivated this.”
Brochu, who is white, told police that she and her roommate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, who is Black, did not have a good relationship. Brochu claimed Rowe posted videos of her snoring to social media in order to make fun of her.
Stevens believes the issues the girls had were normal, college dorm problems.
“This was two students who were placed together, I think randomly … who didn’t like each other, like has been happening since kids went to school and became roommates,” Stevens told reporters.
However, the NAACP and other activists have stood behind Rowe, who believed Brochu's actions caused her to get a throat infection. The NAACP called for Hartford prosecutors to file a hate crime charge against Brochu, but those charges have not yet been filed. Prosecutors said their decisions are guided by the evidence and the law.
When she was first questioned by police, Brochu admitted to licking Rowe’s plate, fork and spoon, putting blood from a used tampon on her backpack, and mixing her lotions with other lotions from Rowe’s desk.
Stevens said that Brochu regrets what she did. And he doesn’t think hate charges will be filed against Brochu because, “I don’t think there’s evidence of that.”
“There was a tipping point that caused my client to do whatever she did and it was when Ms. Rowe took some unflattering videotape of her and posted it,” Stevens told the Courant. “And that for her was a tipping point.”
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