Poster Remembering Stephen Horton

Creator: Revolutionary Communist Party, USA | Date: 1997-01-01
Collection: Protest Posters of People Killed by Police | Tags: ,
Memorial Portrait Poster of Stephen Horton, killed by Cleveland Police on January 1, 1997
"Stephen Horton was actually having a hassle with his girlfriend, and his girlfriend called the police. He was taken to the Fourth District police station, which is a notorious district for killing people inside the police station. Again this is right before January 1; it was like the holiday season. His parents were home. They get a call from the fourth district from one of the other inmates that said, "I'm calling for Steven", and they overheard Steven yelling, “I'm not gonna go out like this!” So they knew that something was wrong because the inmate said that you need to come and get him right away.
What happened was, in the early morning they get a knock at the door and the police said their son was found dead in the fourth district. He hung himself. From then on his father, especially, was on a mission. He knew that was not true, that Steven, sometimes, might be down on his luck, but he wouldn’t kill himself. His father went to the station seeking what happened, but couldn’t get anywhere. They said he killed himself.
Mr. Horton had a second autopsy done and it showed that there are a lot of other things going on that they did to him. That's what it showed. It showed that they cut out his private parts. From then on Mr. Horton, you know, was on a mission to get justice for his son. He became part of the October 22nd Coalition against Police Brutality. Yeah, he got very involved in that. From then on his father was on a mission."--Bill Swain
~ Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, “Poster Remembering Stephen Horton,” A People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland, accessed October 16, 2019,
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