• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT NIXON ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) ANNOUNCED HIS SUPPORT OF NEW YORK GOVERNOR, NELSON ROCKEFELLER FOR THE WAY HE DEALT WITH THE ATTICA STATE PRISON RIOT AT THE COST OF MOST THAN 40 LIVES.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT NIXON ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 16) ANNOUNCED HIS SUPPORT OF NEW YORK GOVERNOR, NELSON ROCKEFELLER FOR THE WAY HE DEALT WITH THE ATTICA STATE PRISON RIOT AT THE COST OF MOST THAN 40 LIVES.

    THE PRESIDENT TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE, GOVERNOR ROCKEFELLER WAS "A VERY GOOD MAN AND A VERY PROGRESSIVE MAN." THE GOVERNOR, HE SAID, WOULD NOT HAVE ORDERED STATE TROOPERS TO STORM THE PRISON "UNLESS HE FELT IT WAS THE ONLY THING HE COULD DO TO TRY TO SAVE SOME OF THE GUARDS THAT WERE HOSTAGES." NINE GUARDS AND CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND 32 PRISONERS DIED IN THE ASSAULT ON THE PRISON AT THE END OF THE FIVE-DAY REBELLION.

    IN THE VILLAGE OF ATTICA ON WEDNESDAY THE FAMILIES OF THE KILLED HOSTAGES WERE BURYING THEIR DEAD WHILE CONTROVERSY CONTINUED TO RAGE OVER THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THEIR DEATH. THIS FILM COVERAGE COMES FROM THE NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY OF AMERICA.

    SYNOPSIS: THE AFTERMATH OF THE FIVE-DAY REBELLION IN NEW YORK'S ATTICA STATE PRISON, THE QUELLING OF WHICH HAS RAISED A STORM OF CONTROVERSY IN THE UNITED STATES.

    MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE DIED WHEN STATE TROOPERS STAGED A MASSIVE ASSAULT ON THE REBEL-HELD JAIL. NINE OF THE DEAD WERE PRISON EMPLOYEES, THE REST WERE PRISONERS.

    IN THE VILLAGE OF ATTICA THE REBELLION AND THE METHODS USED TO CRUSH IT HAVE BEEN THE MAJOR TALKING POINT FOR MANY DAYS.

    THE FIRST MAN TO DIE IN THE PRISON RIOT WAS GUARD, WILLIAM QUINN. HE WAS NEVER A HOSTAGE. HE DIED IN THE FIRST FLASH OF VIOLENCE LAST THURSDAY AFTER BEING BEATEN BY PRISONERS AND THROWN 30 FEET INTO THE PRISON YARD.

    HE WAS FIRST TO DIE, AND THE FIRST TO BE BURIED BY THE SORROWING RESIDENTS OF ATTICA, WHERE FOR A MAN TO ENTER THE PRISON SERVICE IS A NATURAL WAY OF LIFE.

    THEY PUT WILLIAM QUINN TO REST ON A HILLSIDE, WITHIN SIGHT OF WHERE HE WORKED AND WHERE HE WAS MURDERED.

    TO BE STRUCK DOWN BY RIOTING INMATES IS THE ULTIMATE RISK FOR A PRISON GUARD. THE MEN WHO UNDERSTAND THAT RISK BEST CAME FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO PAY THE LAST RESPECTS WITH QUINN'S GRIEVING FAMILY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2QJEA3UT9LWHTU48KH0SHSTE9
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QJEA3UT9LWHTU48KH0SHSTE9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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