The Turkey Shoot: Tracking the Attica Cover-Up

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When the time came for law officers to retake Attica Prison on Sept. 13, 1971, the head of the New York state police troop charged with that task told his men he did not want a ``turkey shoot.'' That, however, is precisely what he got, asserts this powerful expose by a former chief assistant to the special Attica prosecutor. Police use of excessive force, charges Bell, set in motion a conspiracy on the part of the state to cover up for the lawmen involved. Loyal to his superior, Bell was reluctant to believe in official wrongdoing, but when he saw his efforts to prosecute the police undermined, he felt he had to resign. He suggests that the cover-up originated in the office of Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz who was eager to protect the reputation of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, named U.S. Vice-President just as the grand jury investigation of the case was climaxing. A major contribution to the Attica story. (February 28)
Library Journal
A New York State special prosecutor's investigation into the 1971 Attica prison riot and killings (39 shot to death, including 10 hostages) failed to indict any police officers or prison guards, despite strong evidence that they acted with homicidal intent. Indeed, according to Bell, a lawyer who served as a member of the prosecutor's team during 1973-74 but resigned in protest, the investigation deliberately suppressed the truth about Attica so as not to jeopardize the presidential ambitions of the late Nelson Rockefeller, the man who had ordered the assault on the prison. Tom Wicker, author of A Time To Die ( LJ 4/1/75), thus far the best book on the subject, calls Bell ``an American hero'' for blowing the whistle on the Attica whitewash. For larger social science collections. Kenneth F. Kister, Pinellas Park P.L., Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394550206
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1986
  • Edition description: 1st Grove Press ed
  • Pages: 432

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Clearly this is the best book ever written on the Attica prison riots. A search for truth backed up with the facts as evidence it is written with the authority of a NY State Attorney, every bloody moment of it.

    May this book be of some comfort to the families of each one who was executed by the NY State Police that day--the hostages and the prisoners. For those who were wounded and recovered, this book honors your faithful support for fair treatment of all in the NY State prison system.

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