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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 21, 1972 (Morning)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 962-1028. Arthur Eve, a Buffalo Assemblyman, testifies to Mr. Liman about his visits to Attic prior to the uprising and his involvement in negotiations during the uprising. Eve tells how he got permission from Commissioner Oswald to have inmates accompany him to parts of the Attic not controlled by inmates in order to asses the physical condition of injured inmates. Eve discusses the confusion surrounding the request for criminal amnesty on behalf of the inmates.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1029-1108. Assemblyman Arthur Eve continues his testimony. He discusses how much confusion existed between the inmates and New York State authorities. Eve explains how the confusion caused mistrust among inmates.

New York City Hearings ~ April 21, 1972 (Afternoon)

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Summaries and Witnesses:

Part 1: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1109-1176. Lynn Van Johnson II testifies with council from Marc K. Beneson about his experiences as a corrections officer at Attica. He worked there for one year and five months until September 13th, 1971. Johnson recalls the events starting September 9th just before the uprising began.

Part 2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1176-1277. Mr. Liman examines attorney William Kunstler. Kunstler relates the nature of the inmates' demands, which ones were most important, and how the demands were communicated to state officials. Liman questions Kunstler about the political system the inmates had created within the prison during the uprising. Kunstler related how his person social biases affected his ability to communicate to the inmates.

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