NAACP calls for hate crime charge against college roommate

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (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.

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.