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NAACP calls for hate crime charges against ex-UHart student in bullying case

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Jazzy Rowe took to Facebook to explain what her roommate, Brianna Brochu, did to her. Brochu now faces criminal charges. (Facebook/West Hartford police/WFSB) Jazzy Rowe took to Facebook to explain what her roommate, Brianna Brochu, did to her. Brochu now faces criminal charges. (Facebook/West Hartford police/WFSB)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The NAACP said it wants a former University of Hartford student to face more charges after her arrest for tormenting her roommate.

The incident, which went viral on the internet in the form of a Facebook post by the victim, sparked concerns about racism on the West Hartford campus.

The NAACP is calling for 18-year-old Brianna Brochu to be charged with a hate crime.

On Wednesday afternoon, the West Hartford Police Department released a statement to Channel 3. 

"We’ve shared all of the information that we have on the case with the State’s Attorney’s office, and have had good communication with them. At this point our investigation is complete and the case is being handled by the State’s Attorney’s office," the statement read. 

In the video posted by Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe, she described what she endured at the hands of Brochu.

"While I've been here I've been getting sick, not knowing why I'm getting sick," Rowe said in the video. "It started with throat pain." 

According to court documents, Brochu admitted to tampering with Rowe's lotion and tainting her backpack with bodily fluids.

Brochu then bragged about what she had done in an Instagram post, according to police.

The post read "after one and a half months of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie."

Brochu was arrested last month and her charges were quickly upped to include intimidation based on bigotry and bias.

"I’m very appalled by law enforcement who’s dragging their feet and playing games but the community is not playing games," said Scot Esdaile, state president of the Connecticut NAACP.

At one point last week, West Hartford police wanted to add charges of bias or bigotry to this case, but at this time, no one knows where that stands.

“We don’t have the answers, you don’t have the answers, no one has the answers,” Esdaile said.

Wednesday's protest featured many students and community organizers, but Rowe, the student at the center of it all, wasn’t there.

"I’ve had conversations with her and her parents and her attorney, but her attorneys don’t want her here," Esdaile said

The details of the case also prompted students to rally on the campus in Rowe's defense last week.

The university's president was forced to address the incident with hundreds of students.

Brochu is expected to be back in court on Nov. 15.

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