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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 18, 1972 (Morning)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 269-329. Sergeant Richard Miller, a corrections officer at Attica discusses his duties, and how the lock system worked at Attica, and why some of them might have failed. Warren Hanson is a surgeon at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, New York. He testifies to the commission about the circumstances under which he went to Attica Correctional Facility on September 9th, 1971. Hanson arrived at the prison when the uprising was ensuing. He describes how he got access to injured men, and he describes the condition of the prison and the inmates.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 330-402. Warren Hanson continues his testimony about his experiences inside the prison during the uprising. Liman examines Lieutenant Richard Maroney, a corrections officer at Attica during the uprising, describes how he handled a fight between two inmates on September 8th, and the complications that followed. Maroney describes how he was struck by one of the fighting inmates.

New York City Hearings ~ April 12, 1972 (Afternoon)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 403-450. Mr. Maroney continues his testimony about his experiences as a coerrections officer at Attica. He speaks of the year of impending unrest up to September 9th, 1971. Mr. Liman clarifies the accusation of brutality made by the prisoners, how abuse was interpreted by the prison guards and by the inmates. Thomas Grey Wicker, a writer for the New York Times, testifies about his trip to Attica prison on September 10, 1971. He wrote an influential article about a prisoner named George Jackson who was murdered in San Quentin Prison in California. Wicker describes his negotiating role he played between the inmates at Attica and the New York State authorities.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 451-494. Wicker continues his testimony about his conversation with District Attorney James and the possible outcomes of the uprising. He discusses how various lawyers and politicians, such as Clarence Jones, Congressman Herman Badillo, Arthur Eve, and William Kunslter were involved in the negotiating aspects of the Attica uprising.

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