NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 13, 1971
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(Studio) Attica Prison uprising appeared to begin spontaneously last Wednesday when 2 inmates placed in solitary confinement; others refused to line up for work detail Thursday
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Attica, New York) Inmates and New York correction commissioner Russell G. Oswald negotiated until midnight Thursday [Unidentified INMATES - say inmates reasonable, negotiating instead of demanding; warn hesitation could cost lives of hostages; demand transportation to another cntry.] [OSWALD - says in favor of religious freedom for inmates.] [Unidentified INMATE - reads statement declaring riot due to prison administration oppression throughout year; says inmates men, not beasts.] Inmates distrusted court injunction delivered Friday, prohibits physical reprisals against those involved in riot. [Attorney Herman SCHWARTZ - tells inmates injunction may apply only to yesterday.] Inmates demanded amnesty, transportation out of prison, out of US; began meeting with 30 civilian committee members late Friday night. [Unidentified INMATE - says if cannot live as people, will try to die like men.] 38 hostages say have been well treated. [Attorney William M. KUNSTLER - expresses hope situation could have been resolved Saturday] Black Panther leader Bobby G. Seale joined negotiations Saturday night; guard, injured in initial riot, died late Saturday night. [SEALE - says prison officials won't let him into prison unless he tries to compromise inmate's position; Oswald refuses to negotiate amnesty for criminal charges, removal of prison warden.] Civilian negotiators requested New York Governor Rockefeller join negotiations Sunday; Rockefeller refused, urged inmates to release hostages.
REPORTER: Fred Debrine, John Harrington
(Studio) Attica situation could be repeated at other United States prisons; inmates' belief they're political prisoners gives them suicidal determination.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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