Files show Attica inmates were beaten during 1971 uprising

By Kenneth Lovett

Newly released documents on the 1971 Attica state prison uprising show prisoners were beaten and suffered wounds indicating they were tortured by guards trying to reclaim control of the institution.

Witnesses, including a doctor and a National Guardsman, had said they saw inmates beaten with clubs, and a doctor told of the use of a broken bottle to inflict torture.

The 46 pages of documents stem from a report issued in 1975 by Judge Bernard Meyer, who was appointed by then-Gov. Hugh Carey as a special deputy attorney general to investigate the handling of the Attica uprising.

Meyer had concluded in the report’s 570-page first volume, made public at the time, that there were serious errors in judgment but no intentional coverup of what actually happened at Attica.

Another nearly 400 pages of his report remained sealed until 46 pages were made public Wednesday — two years after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went to court to force their disclosure.

Read More Files show Attica inmates were beaten during 1971 uprising – NY Daily News.

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