Jeff Kasky, father of student leader Cameron Kasky, told the Herald that he spent about 11 months training with Harrell in 1998, and that he could have given the officer plenty of proof.
"This guy knows me personally," Kasky told the Herald. "How can he possibly think that this is true?"
Cameron Kasky, a junior, founded the #NeverAgain movement against gun violence and helped organize the March for Our Lives that was held in Washington, D.C., and other cities worldwide, the Herald reported.
Kasky said that Harrell was a “terrific leader” during their time together at the Metro-Dade Police Academy in Miami, the Herald reported.
"I know that he's a very good person. I don't know what happened to him," Kasky told the newspaper. "I wish him the very, very best. I wish he would have called to ask me, 'Why is your name involved?' before spouting this nonsense."
Kasky conceded that he and Harrell have lost contact.
“I haven't been in touch with him for years," Kasky told the Herald. "It's not the Eric that I know."