A Jamaican man living in the United States (US) who was beaten by police officers at his daughter's graduation in 2016 is adding his voice to the throng of protesters across North America agitating for racial justice following the recent murder of George Floyd.
Randall King, 55, shared in an interview with the Jamaica Observer last week that the viral images of Floyd handcuffed and pinned to the ground with the knee of Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin on his neck, triggered memories of his own encounter with the police four years ago.
In the meantime, King has used his experience to fuel his work with the youth in Florida through his non-profit organisation, the Talented Teen Club, that he runs with his wife, who is also Jamaican.
Along with his ministry and non-profit work, King is also a track and field athletics coach who has trained Jamaican athletes recruited by schools in the Florida, and has also served in the US military.
I don't know if we will actually do it because we are so entrenched in our community and what we do, but given everything that is going on here in the United States, we want to spend more time in Jamaica, no doubt about that,” King said.