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The Attica Uprising: The government coverup

A police officer raises his arm in the air, after authorities retake Attica Prison.
"William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" PBS
A police officer raises his arm in the air, saying, "White Power," after authorities retake Attica Prison.

In the years since, it has been called the Turkey Shoot. Fifty years ago, armed guards on the catwalks at Attica State Prison fired into the Attica Prison yard, ending an uprising that started four days earlier.

Not only was the event considered a turning point on the way America saw and treated prisoners, but it also marked a time when citizens, less and less, took the words of government at face value.

WBFO’s Mike Desmond worked for the Buffalo Courier Express newspaper at the time and was one of the first to uncover a coverup. He talked about it with WBFO’s Dave Debo.

WBFO's Dave Debo talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about the government coverup during the Attica Uprising

Dave Debo's journalism career runs the gamut from public radio to commercial radio, from digital projects to newspapers. With over 30 years of experience, he's produced national television news programs and has worked as both a daily and weekly print journalist and web editor.
Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.