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Los Angeles County and community leaders called on the public to refrain from racially scapegoating their Asian American neighbors as the coronavirus spreads globally.

The virus known as COVID-19 has infected around 60,000 in China, but Los Angeles County has only confirmed one case.

“We will not tolerate any type of racial profiling in our schools,” Duardo said.

“We need to make sure we are being very intentional and ensuring that we are not giving messages or talking in front of young children and exposing hate,” Duardo said.

A detective with the Los Angeles Police Department was assigned several days ago to investigate the school assault as a possible hate crime, said Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher.

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