Antwynette Houston Protest’s Kentucky Derby for 3rd Consecutive Year.

BY:  George Addison

“…19And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.21But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”…

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It was August 3, 2013, around 3 a.m. when former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officer Scott Sturgeon reportedly attacked Antwynette Houston.

Police brutality survivor Antwynette Houston protests during the 144th Kentucky Derby. Photo Courtesy: A. Houstion

Sturgeon was off duty at the time of the early morning incident.   Houston had returned from an out-of-town funeral and briefly stopped at a gas station for a snack on the way home accompanied by her nine-year-old son who was sleeping in the backseat.

The incident stemmed from a verbal altercation over a parking space, which was initiated by Sturgeon who was wearing shorts and driving his personal vehicle.  The end result was that he completely separated her shoulder creating a rare injury known as Quadrilateral space syndrome,  as well as a number of other severe injuries.

Houston has been fighting for five years and has found herself for the third consecutive year protesting Louisville, Kentucky’s premier event the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.  When asked about her steadfast, tenaciousness on protesting during Louisville’s most famous event she replied, “This is my third-year protesting.  It’s been five years since I’ve been hurt and I’m motivated by the fact that the city and police have still not done the right thing.  I’m going to keep protesting until they do.  This is the perfect time because so many people are in town.  I just want people to see why I have to protest the injustice of my case.  That’s all I want.”

Houston braves the rain and winds during Kentucky Derby Police Brutality Protest. Photo Courtesy: Beenetworknews.com

Houston has dealt with many hurdles financially, medically and legally despite her debilitating injuries.  Most recently, her legal team won the right to include her medical history as part of her pending case.  She said, “I finally got a fair judge, and they are going to allow my medical evidence.  They haven’t allowed it this whole time, that’s what we’ve been fighting over.  They want to make it seem as though all the medical professionals who have seen me are in on it with me, which is ridiculous!  So, they haven’t allowed any of my medical evidence, but now we finally got a fair judge to say they will allow it.”

She has been vindicated by doctors and legal professionals as her journey for justice continues.  Houston added, “I won my disability… my lawyers have gone through numerous appeals to get the medical evidence entered.  It took a long time, but I’m

Houston shared her story with Kentucky Derby visitors. Photo Courtesy: Beenetworknews.com

relentless, it’s hard to beat someone who won’t quit.  I have a long way to go and I do feel like it’s about to really move for the first time.  I still have a long way to go physically, and with the lawsuit.

I stood still for a long time, but it is finally moving, so any movement to me is positive.”

In addition, Houston’s support base on and off social media continues to grow.  This year was no exception as she met and spoke with hundreds of people attending the two-day Oaks and Derby Celebration.  Visitors from California, Illinois, South Carolina and other states pledged their support, praying with her and encouraging her to continue fighting for justice.

Houston said people have been tremendous in supporting her adding, “that’s how it’s been for me the whole time.  I met this lady who stopped people walking by my display and asked for bracelet donations on my behalf.  It has been overwhelming the kindness of strangers, people that I don’t know, people online and in person doing random acts of kindness.

Even the proprietor of the local Pic-Pac store where I setup, provided me with prime space for two days across from Churchill Downs at no cost to support me.  It was a true blessing because vendors were paying $200 per day to sell food.  I met him, told two minutes of my story and he instantly said he wanted to support me.  So, it has been great.”

She thanked the many people who have supported her and those who continue to support her saying, “thank you so much and I love you more than words could really express.  I’m just so grateful to all the people who helped me, all the people who retweet my story, the people who’ve sent donations, people who say kind words of encouragement, everything, it has been awesome, I love them.”



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