Rioting prisoners in New York jails yesterday (October 5) released their last three hostages after an ultimatum from New York Mayor, John Lindsay.
Rioting prisoners in New York jails yesterday (October 5) released their last three hostages after an ultimatum from New York Mayor, John Lindsay. A spokesman for the mayor announced that the hostage, last of the 26 held in three city jails since disorders broke out last Thursday (October 1), were unharmed.
But as the rebellion ended, prisoners and other onlookers alleged that some of the men had been victims of unprovoked beatings by prison officers.
The last three hostages, being held in Queens County jail, were freed after Mayor Lindsay had given the prisoners 30 minutes to release their captives or face "other sources of action". He sent some 500 heavily armed police and security officers to the jail on Long Island to await results.
Although the hostages were released, 35 prisoners were still holding out on the top floor on the Queens jail. Among them were nine of the 13 defendants in Black Panther bombing conspiracy trial.
Most of the prisoners gave up quietly after their four-day siege, their improvised weapons -- which included clubs and sharpened spoons -- and walked out into the courtyard of the prison which was built 86 years ago.