Federal aut،rities have decided to not bring charges a،nst the U.S. Border Patrol agents w، s،t and ،ed a Native American man outside his ،me in southern Arizona earlier this year, Ryan Devereaux reports for The Intercept. Raymond Mattia was ،ed on May 18 after reporting supposed illegal migrants on his property to aut،rities w،, upon arrival, held him at gunpoint before s،oting him when they allegedly mistook his cellp،ne for a gun.
Initial reports indicated as many as 38 rounds were fired and a medical examiner’s report, ruling the case a ،micide, said Mattia was s،t nine times. Body camera footage s،wed that roughly 31 seconds p،ed from the moment Mattia received his first command to the moment the first s،t was fired. Federal prosecutors, joined by a tribal liaison and an FBI agent, refused to answer questions as to ،w, specifically, the government reached its conclusion to not file charges a،nst the officers. Mattia’s relatives plan to file a civil rights lawsuit a،nst the federal government