Interview with Frank Smith (Big Black)

OK, Black, describe the chaos on the yard and how it got turned around and got organized and how you felt.


Well, after I, you know, arrived in the yard, you know, it was a chaotic situation. You got to see that, you know, it, it's got to be that way. Because now here is someone that's been, folks that's been locked up in a cell, you know the majority of the day, you figure 16 to 17 hours your locked in your cell and all of a sudden you're not in your cell no more, you know. It's like, a, a, level freedom, you know, you got room now, you got space, you know you can run around. There was food in the yard, you know, and, and, and medication in the yard and you could see your buddy that was over in another block and now everybody's in one spot. You know, so everybody was running amok you know what I mean. But eventually, after everything begin to get organized, you know, as to why we really were in the yard and what that meant to be in the yard, then it became more moderate. It started to level off a little bit. You know, then we started setting up, you know, the observers, in--inmates. We started setting up the, the protective force, you know, the peaceful force, you know, and I got, you know, an assignment as to make sure that when people come in the yard that they be able to leave the yard on their own free will and nothing happened to them. To make sure nothing happen to nobody in the yard. To make sure we act and stay as human beings, you know, and start dealing with the grievances and not our personal, you know, views.