Interview with Michael Smith
QUESTION 7
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

I'm going to move on now to the actual uprising that went on at Attica and I want you to just tell me, where you were, how you found out about the uprising and how you were taken hostage. Just paint the picture for me. You were in the metal shop?

MICHAEL SMITH:

Yes.

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Okay, tell me, tell me what happened.

MICHAEL SMITH:

On the, ah, morning that the riot took place I was, ah, in charge of the, ah, metal shop upstairs, that's located over the, ah, industrial metal shop toward the rear of the prison. And, ah, the prison siren sounded and from the upstairs windows you could see inmate movement, ah, that wasn't supervised. And, ah, you could hear a lot of shouting going on and, ah, see inmates running around areas that they, that they shouldn't be running around in unsupervised. And, the inmates, there were approximately 30 in the room that I was located in, were, were confused and didn't know what was happening either. Ah, at first they thought that it was a struggle between possibly two, ah, political groups of inmates in the prison itself. So, they're reaction was to take up weapons to protect themselves and, ah, find hiding places in, in the room where they were located.