Local News in Brief : Racism Protester Denies Assault Charge

A member of a left-wing Los Angeles political organization pleaded not guilty this week to a misdemeanor charge of assault that allegedly occurred during a near-riot in Glendale prompted by a white supremacist meeting.

Jose Hernandez, 33, of Los Angeles entered his plea before Glendale Municipal Judge Barbara Burke.

Hernandez was arrested after allegedly throwing a soda can outside the Glendale Holiday Inn during a Nov. 22 demonstration against avowed white supremacist and convicted church bomber J.B. Stoner.

Hernandez is a member of the Los Angeles-based International Committee Against Racism.

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