Interview with Herbert X. Blyden
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

What was the atmosphere like in the yard the first few minutes of the take--of the rebellion?

HERB BLYDEN:

For the most part right after entering D-yard the milling about and the confusion of these diverse groups from four prison blocks created what we would call pandemonium, because you had 40 or 50 correction officers who no longer, it appeared, had control of the institution. So order had to be made out of this disorder and at that point, ah, the Muslim contingent in the yard, I think there were 35 Muslim brothers saw to it that there was no further injuries to the hostages, at that point they were called hostages, which were correction officers.