Brianna Brochu was arrested and charged with breach of peace and criminal mischief past year after posting a video to Instagram claiming she smeared bodily fluids on her former roommate, Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe's, belongings and tampered with her personal items because the pair were not getting along. Brochu will have to perform 200 hours of community service which includes 50 hours at a literacy center located in the Greater Hartford, and 50 at a special service group. After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons [on] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.
Rowe appeared at the hearing and told the judge she did not oppose Brochu's request for accelerated probation, but admitted she's had nightmares about Brochu's "acts of hate" and now has trouble trusting others.
Brochu is also required to have no contact with Rowe and undergo a mental health evaluation.
Brochu, who was expelled from the university, was charged by West Hartford police with breach of peace and criminal mischief. That's when a friend of hers sent Brochu's Instagram post to her, detailing all her vile deeds. According to the Boston Globe, Brochu referred to Rowe as "Jamaican Barbie" and Rowe said she had "throat pain" after Brochu's tampering.
Stevens said Brochu is angry with herself for letting communication with Rowe break down and for reacting in anger to a perceived slight.
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Hate crime charges were proposed by the NAACP, but Brochu avoided them.
Brochu's lawyer Thomas Stevens, apologized on Brochu's behalf and told the court he directed her not to apologize sooner out of fear it may result in a civil litigation. While Rowe had gone to administrators upon seeing Brochu's post, she said neither the school nor local police took her claims seriously until she shared her complaint online.
Outside court, state NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile repeated his view that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime.
And the price Brochu pays for her conduct will last long after her court case ends, Williams said. "That's what we face every day".