York City Public Hearings, pages 1278-1355. Lieutenant
Robert Curtis, a corrections officer at Attica,
testifies to the commission. Curtis starts his testimony
with events on Thursday September 8th in the “yard” where
Lieutenant Marconi was having difficulties with an inmate.
Curtis explains how unique this incident was, and he
talks about the process of taking one of the inmates
to “HBZ.” Curtis relates the dangerous atmosphere
that pervaded on Thursday night, and he discusses what
actions were taken by the officers to ensure their safety
for Friday morning. Curtis relates how he was assaulted
by the inmates and how the inmates eventually took him
2: New York City Public Hearings, pages 1355-1386.
Captain Frank Wald, a retired corrections officer from
Attica, testifies about his experiences during the events
of September 1971. Wald details what happened after breakfast
Friday morning just before the inmates took over the
prison and took him hostage.
New York City
Hearings ~ April 24, 1972 (Afternoon)
1: New York City Public Hearings, pages
1387-1455. Frank Wald continues his testimony
to the commission about his time spent in the
Attica prison yard. Wald narrates the process
of the state authorities storming he prison.
Mr. Liman asks Mrs. Wald questions about her
husband being taken hostage. She talks about
the atmosphere outside of Attica prison amongst
the authorities and town locals. Francis Huen
is recalled as a witness, and he recounts to
the commission the events that took place when
the state troopers began storming the prison
and the eventual surrender by the inmates.
2: New York City Public Hearings, pages
1455-1571. Perry Ford, a prisoner at Attica,
tells his experience of the prison being taken
over, and he relates the shooting of inmates
by state troopers. He describes how he attempted
to surrender without being mistaken for resisting
the police. Howard Greenfield, a twenty-six year
old inmate at Attica, recalls the events starting
on September 9th. Greenfield tells the commission
that he had little to do with the actual negotiations
conducted by the inmates. Greenfield elaborates
on the assault and the violent and racist nature
of the state police.
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