NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 13, 1971
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(Studio) 9 hostages, at least 28 convicts killed, 100 injured, as police, National Guard recapture Attica State Prison; attack began after copters drop tear gas into prison ctyard.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Attica, New York) Film shows copters dropping riot gas, police, national guard entering prison; hostages' families waiting outside. [Prison information ofr. Gerald HOULIHAN - announces 37 believed dead; says some inmates still holding out in 2 bldgs.; inmates fought with tear gas guns, barricades, tunnels, electric fences; some hostage victims had throats slashed.] Victim sergeant E. Cunningham appealed for peaceful solution yesterday. [CUNNINGHAM - asks that police, troops be withdrawn to ease explosive situation; says he'll be dead if New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller doesn't agree to recommendations.] [New York correction commissioner Russell G. OSWALD - says action taken with extreme reluctance after attempts at peaceful solution failed; to delay action would jeopardize innocent lives, threaten security of state correctional system; armed rebellion threatens destruction of free society.] [Negotiator Tom WICKER - says event ended tragically; feels somehow could have been avoided.] [Attorney William M. KUNSTLER - thinks action taken amts. to murder; doesn't understand why negotiations couldn't have contd.; says going in, knowing prisoners and hostages would be killed, act of monstrosity; believes New York state, society responsible for murders; if deaths worth restoration of law and order have reached sorry place.] New York Governor Rockefeller expresses sympathy only for dead hostages' families; medical teams treating wounded inmates inside prison.
REPORTER: Steve Delaney
(Studio) Convict, assigned to kill hostage named Hewin, cuts him just enough to draw blood; falls on top of him so others wouldn't know he hadn't killed him.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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