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University of Hartford student who harassed Black roommate with bodily fluids faces hate crime charge

By Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY Network

A University of Hartford student faces a hate crime charge after she admitted to covertly harassing her black roommate, according to police. 

Hartford Police are requesting that Brianna  R. Brochu, 18, be charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, after she bragged on social media about rubbing bodily fluids on her roommate’s backpack and tainting her toothbrush and food, the Hartford Courant reported. 

University of Hartford president Greg Woodward said Brochu “will not be returning to the institution,” in a statement on Wednesday. 

The incident gained national attention after Brochu’s former roommate Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe posted a Facebook Live detailing the ordeal, which she said sounds like a scenario “straight out of a movie scene.”  


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