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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 27, 1972 (Morning)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 2181-2250. John Cudmore, a general surgeon in Buffalo, New York, testifies to Mr. Liman and the commission. Cudmore is also a member of the National Guard. Liman interrupts Cudmore’s testimony to have Jose G.I. Paris testify. Paris, an inmate at Attica, finishes his testimony from where he left off on Thursday. Paris testifies about the unique experiences of being Spanish-speaking and Puerto Rican at Attica, and he points out the lack of opportunities to learn English at Attica. The commission questions Paris on ways that Attica could be made a more hospitable. Paris pleads with the commission to pay more attention to the concerns of Spanish-speaking inmates at Attica.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 2250-2349. John Cudmore continues his testimony, and he is later joined by fellow National Guardsmen. Mr. Liman has Louis Futterman, Ronal Dill, and James O'Day sworn in; they are all members of the National Guard. During the medical treatment to Attica inmates, they related the atmosphere, their orders from commanders, and how they handled the various situations during the assault and afterwards. Mr. Berger reports to the commission his findings from interviews with Attica inmates, National Guardsmen, Attica correctional officers, state police, and prison official at Attica. This study incorporates work conducted by the Goldman Panel. This panel requested that all inmates at Attica be examined for post-assault injuries.

New York City Hearings ~ April 27, 1972 (Afternoon)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 2349-2403. Vincent Mancusi, retired superintendent at Attica, testifies to the Commission. Liman questions Mancusi about the duties and powers superintendents have at Attica. Mancusi describes the demographic changes at Attica over time, the types of educational programming and polices at Attica, and he discusses how he handled the uprising.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 2403-2456. Mancusi continues his testimony to the commission about the uprising and the re-taking of the prison from the inmates. Mancusi describes his relationship with Commissioner Oswald and about their handling of the uprising and assault.

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