Crime NAACP calls for hate crime charge against college roommate

22:51  08 november  2017
22:51  08 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Former University Of Hartford Student Faces Hate Crime Charge In Case Involving Former Roommate

  Former University Of Hartford Student Faces Hate Crime Charge In Case Involving Former Roommate <p>Brianna Rae Brochu faces a charge of hate crime in a case involving her former roommate at the University of Hartford, West Hartford Police said Wednesday.</p>University President Greg Woodward, in a press statement, said Brochu’s conduct was “reprehensible’’ and she “is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution.

(AP) — The Connecticut NAACP wants a felony hate crime charge immediately filed against a white former college student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate 's belongings.

(AP) — The Connecticut NAACP wants a felony hate crime charge immediately filed against a white former college student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate 's belongings.

This booking photo released Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, by the West Hartford Police Department shows University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu, charged with smearing body fluids on her roommate's belongings in West Hartford, Conn. (West Hartford Police Department via AP) © The Associated Press This booking photo released Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, by the West Hartford Police Department shows University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu, charged with smearing body fluids on her roommate's belongings in West Hartford, Conn. (West Hartford Police Department via AP)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut NAACP wants a felony hate crime charge immediately filed against a white former college student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings.

The NAACP has scheduled a rally Wednesday outside the West Hartford police department.

Former University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu was charged Oct. 28 with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace. Police said last week they were seeking a hate crime charge.

Police said Brochu claimed in an Instagram post to have tampered with her roommate's belongings, including putting her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine" and rubbing used tampons on her backpack.

Police and Brochu didn't return messages seeking comment.

Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy says investigators are still waiting to talk with Brochu's roommate before deciding how to proceed.

Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016, FBI reports .
Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday.There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity.More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion.

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