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Monday December 18th was the court date for the white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate’s belongings. The defendant, 18 year-old Brianna Brochu, pleaded not guilty and successfully avoided hate crime charges.
In response to the outcome representatives of the NAACP protested outside Hartford Superior Court as reported by the Hartford Courant.
“We are very very disappointed with the protesters … not pressing this case hard enough,” said NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile. “They are not making this an urgent matter from where we sit.”
He also complained about the continuance.
“We expect [the prosecutors] to fight on behalf of the people of our community,” he said. “This is a hate crime. Let’s stop playing games. Let’s stop pushing this away.”