The lenient sentence that a White former college student got on Monday for harassing her Black roommate by smearing body fluids on her belongings didn't sit well with the victim, who took to social media to speak on the case. The misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges against Brochu could potentially be dropped after her probation is up, so long as she sticks to the conditions set by the court.
Yesterday, she faced Judge Omar Williams in Hartford, Conn. and with her former roommate in the courtroom, was given two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. In retaliation, Brochu filmed herself which rubbing bloody tampons on Rowe's backpack and inserting her roommate's toothbrush into her anus.
Her former roommate, Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe, attended Brochu's hearing.
Rowe also complained Brochu would "see me doing work, [and then] turn off the light and just walk out". As a result of her actions, the university expelled Brochu.
"While Brochu said she made up most of the claims in the Instagram posts in an attempt to "'appear amusing, '" she admitted to licking and transferring period blood onto Rowe's possessions. In a moment straight out of Dr. Phil, the judge also urged Brochu to embrace diversity and not waste her opportunity at a second chance.
Stevens said Brochu is angry with herself for letting communication with Rowe break down and for reacting in anger to a perceived slight.
The NAACP and others have publicly supported Rowe and had urged Hartford prosecutors to file a hate crime charge against Brochu. One Instagram post clearly outlines Brochu's vile antics, revealing how she "Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!" 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.
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.
Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates. "You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments", he said. "There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people", he said.
NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile still believes that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime.