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October 27, 2013

Documents on Attica riot ordered unsealed

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Niagara Gazette — That followed a settlement for $8 million five years earlier with 502 former inmates and families of those killed or injured, who claimed they were beaten, tortured and denied medical treatment after the prison was retaken.

Audiotapes published in 2011 showed then-President Richard Nixon offering support by phone to then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller hours after the siege ended. “You did the right thing. It’s a tragedy that these poor fellows were shot but I just want you to know that’s my view and I’ve told the troops around here that I back that right to the hilt,” he said.

While Rockefeller initially praised the work of state police sharp shooters and called the retaking “a beautiful operation” a day later, he acknowledged “a little problem” — that most hostages were killed by gunfire, not by inmates as initially believed.

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