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Attica State Prison / Oswald Interview #219344

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 21, 1971
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(Studio) New York State corrections commissioner Russell G. Oswald interviewed. [OSWALD - says negotiated with inmates because believed could save all hostages; was close to agreement until inmates demanded complete amnesty; in response to reporter questions, doubts New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller could have influenced negotiations short of granting amnesty; decided to attack because of fear for hostages, some inmates; tells of corrections officers at staff meeting saying they would favor immediate attack in future situations; says would have been more deaths if tear gas, restraint hadn't been used; doesn't think job in jeopardy as result of handling of Attica rebellion, says mail 50 to 1 in favor of action taken; explains reasons for false report of hostages having throats cut; doesn't know how would handle another rebellion.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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