A Glendale man arrested last week after he and his brother allegedly mounted a hate-campaign against minorities in Glendale pleaded innocent Monday to civil rights charges.
Philip Martin Alexander, 21, made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, where he was arraigned on three hate-crime counts, including conspiracy and violations of civil rights, according to Thom Mrozek, a U.S. attorney's office spokesman.
Chief U.S. Magistrate Carolyn Turchin scheduled Alexander's trial for March 2. His 19-year-old brother, Steven Eugene Alexander, who is in state custody on an unrelated burglary conviction, is set for arraignment in federal court Jan. 25.
A federal indictment accuses the brothers of driving through a La Crescenta neighborhood last summer, shouting racial epithets, flashing skinhead gang signs and threatening to harm minorities they encountered.