A 14-hour long revolt at Fort Pillow Prison, Tennessee, USA, petered cut, May 12. Visnews?
A 14-hour long revolt at Fort Pillow Prison, Tennessee, USA, petered cut, May 12. Visnews filmed as the two prison officers held captive were released and the leaders of the riot manacled and taken to the Maximum Security Section of Nashville Prison.
During the siege by State Troopers, police and prison officers, State Commissioner Hampton stood by the barricaded cells listening to prisoners' complaints - bad food, bad working conditions, maltreatment by guards and favouritism toward negro prisoners, alleged the ringleaders.
He told reporters, "Let them work off some steam", and waited. During the all-night vigil one hostage was held against the cell bars for awhile, he shouted, "Don't shoot, they've got a knife in my back."
Guaranteed safe conduct, no prosecutions and not cuts in remissions, the rioters - about 20 of the 130 prisoners are thought to have taken part - surrendered. Hampton had won his waiting game and order was restored.