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  • mcprison mcprison Dec 18, 2000 12:26 PM Flag

    Riot at public prison

    Daily Press

    December 17, 2000 Sunday
    Final EDITION

    SECTION: LOCAL, Pg. B6


    LENGTH: 176 words

    HEADLINE: WALLENS RIDGE INMATE
    SAYS RIOT WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED

    BYLINE: The
    Associated Press

    DATELINE: ROANOKE

    BODY:

    An inmate involved in a riot at Wallens Ridge State
    Prison earlier this month says the incident grew
    out
    of frustration with the way blacks and Hispanics are
    treated at the supermax facility.

    In a letter
    written to an inmate support group in his home state of
    Connecticut, inmate Michael
    Reddick said an attempt by a
    group of about 70 inmates to discuss their concerns was
    met
    with gunfire.
    Eighteen of the inmates received
    minor injuries after correctional officers opened fire
    on the
    group with shotguns that fire rubber
    pellets the morning of Dec. 3, prison officials said.

    As the inmates were walking back to their cells from
    the dining area, they violated prison rules
    by
    leaving the sidewalk and banding together in the center
    of a recreation yard.

    Reddick said the group
    demanded to know why black and Hispanic inmates were
    targeted for
    "intimidation and harassment" by
    correctional officers. He said the group also sought a meeting
    with
    a prison officer.

 
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