Wednesday, October 19, 2016

the last book I ever read (Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy, excerpt seven)

from Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson:

Russian roulette was a frequent practice of the night guards and troopers; so was telling thirsty, exhausted men cowering on the floor—like Carlos Roche—to “drink the urine of correction officers.” Officers spent the entire night of the 13th scraping the bars loudly with the butts of their guns, taunting, physically assaulting, and threatening to kill the men they had just rehoused. And during the following several nights as well, groups of COs visited the cell area and threatened inmates with death, pointing guns and clubs into the cells. Some of the former hostages were taken aback by how relentless the attacks on prisoners were. Once hostage Danny Almeter heard about what had been happening at the prison, he said, shaking his head, “I understood the intial beatings but I never understood going back in a cell three days later and dragging a guy out of his cell to beat him.”

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