A Miami police officer who was hit in the head by a teenage protester with a skateboard became one of his biggest supporters and mentors months after the incident, the Miami Herald reported Friday.
Michael Marshall, 17, attacked Miami Police Officer Raymon Washington during a protest that descended into clashes between demonstrators and police on June 10, the Herald reported. Now, Washington frequently attends Marshall’s high school football games and sits with the teen’s family. The two often talk about football, family, and life.
“I was that kid — high school athlete, wanted to go to college. Had offers on the [table]. I was like, I don’t want to screw this kid up. If I can change one life, and that’s it, then that’s it,” Washington said prior to meeting with Marshall. “I should have been dead three times this year. For some reason, God was like, you’re here for a reason.”
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Marshall and Washington met in a conference room at the Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse on