On This Day…..

Attica Prison Riot…..

September 13, 1971……

The Attica Prison Riot comes to an end when police use helicopters to drop tear gas on the yard and then fired 3,000 rounds into the haze. Ten hostages and 29 inmates were killed in the raid. It was initially claimed that the inmates slit the hostages’ throats, but autopsies showed the hostages had been shot by police. Four days earlier, 1,200 prisoners revolted killing a guard. Officials were able to gain back control of most of the prison, but 1,281 prisoners gathered in an exercise field holding 39 hostages.