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The McKay Commission

(New York State Special Commission on Attica) Hearings


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Commission Sessions and Summaries

New York City Hearings ~ April 26, 1972 (Morning)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1828-1904. Robert Sackett begins the morning session with a report on the assault of Attica prison. He discusses the types of weaponry used and the results from ballistics tests on shotgun bullets. Sackett details the various types of shotgun wounds the inmates suffered. David Harrison was charged with studying the types of ballistics used during the Attica assault. Harrison begin with an overview of the various types of riot control agents and types of firearms used by the state police.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1904-2030. Mr. Munistero moderates the reading of anonymous New York State Police interviews or depositions to the commission. Interviews and depositions have been highly edited to protect their identity. The various troopers who were interviewed are referred to as "Lieutenant 1" "Trooper 3" and so on.

New York City Hearings ~ April 26, 1972 (Afternoon)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1701-1748. Carl Jamalkowski, a corrections officer at Attica, testifies about the assault on Attica starting around 9:45am Monday morning. He recalls the initial burst of firearms at inmates, and the general chaotic atmosphere that ensued afterwards. Ronald T. Kozlowski, a senior account clerk at Attica Correctional Facility, reports how he was taken hostage in the metal shop. He describes how the inmates handled him before and during the state troopers' assault of Attica.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1748-1805. Anthony Malovich, a captain in the New York State Police, testifies to the commission. Assigned to Troop A in Batavia, New York, he details his involvement with Attica starting on September 9th. Malovich discusses the police briefing before beginning the assault on Monday. He describes under what circumstances officers were allowed to shoot at inmates. Liman explores the types of firearms used by the state police with Malovich.

Part 3: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1805-1826. Joseph Christian, a Lieutenant of the New York State Police, testifies to Liman and the rest of the commission about his experiences during the Attica uprising. Liman asks Christian about the troopers' choice of weapons. Christian explains how during the assault on Attica, he was injured by one of the inmates.

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