Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 17, 2023

Justice for Raymond Mattia Press Conference in Tucson, Nov. 17, 2023


Justice for Raymond Mattia street protest today. Photo copyright Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham

Justice for Raymond Mattia, Tucson federal building now. Photo copyright Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham

Justice for Raymond Mattia, Tucson federal building now. Photo copyright Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham.

Justice for Raymond Mattia, Tucson federal building now. Photo copyright Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham.

Justice for Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham, Murdered by U.S. Border Patrol Agents on the Front Steps of His Home on the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Press Conference will be at the Tucson Federal Courthouse, on November 17, 2023, 10 a.m.

November 17, 2023 

Mr. Mattia's five siblings and two children submitted a written demand to CBP relating to Mr. Mattia's wrongful death on May 19, 2023. The edited body camera footage shows Mr. Mattia calmly interacting with agents in front of his home and complying with their demands. The agents ordered Mr. Mattia to take his hand out of his pocket and he complied, and the agents wrongfully fired a volley of over three dozen shots – striking Mr. Mattia nine times and killing him in his front yard. The body camera footage plainly shows that Mr. Mattia posed no threat to the agents and there was no justification to shoot, much less shoot over three dozen rounds.

Mr. Mattia's death is a tragedy that harmed his family and community greatly, and his family plans to hold CBP accountable for the outrageous killing of their beloved family member.

WHAT/WHO: Press Conference / Attorneys Timothy A. Scott and Ryan W. Stitt along with members of Mr. Mattia's family.

WHEN/WHERE: November 17, 2023, 10:00 a.m. MST, Evo A DECONCINI UNITED STATES
COURTHOUSE, 405 W Congress St #1500, Tucson, AZ 85701. (Please meet at the fountain on the West side of the courthouse complex).

CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information, please contact Bianca Perez at McKenzie Scott PC. Ms. Perez can be reached at

McKenzie Scott PC and Stitt Vu Trial Lawyers APC are leading federal litigation firms, having tried over 100 federal trials to verdict collectively. Further, last year Timothy A. Scott tried and won the largest civil rights wrongful death verdict in the country with the jury awarding his clients $85,000,000. Collectively, we bring an experienced team of lawyers that are dedicated to seeking justice for the Mattia family.

Both firms offer free consultations and encourage prospective clients to contact us today.

Previous articles

Justice Department Refuses to Prosecute US Border Patrol Agents Who Murdered Raymond Mattia

In a devastating cover-up, and denial of justice, the federal prosecutors in Arizona said they will not prosecute the Tohono O'odham police and US Border Patrol agents who murdered Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham, on the front steps of his home. Raymond was shot nine times in a hail of bullets. Earlier, Raymond had videotaped the local US Border Patrol agents running drugs through his community. When he submitted the evidence to authorities, the video evidence disappeared. The Intercept reports today on the refusal by the US Attorney's Office in Arizona to carry out justice. -- Censored News. Read more at The Intercept on the failure of prosecutors:


We have been trying to find the strength to write this statement. This tragedy is so grievous because it is apparent what had happened. Raymond called for help and, in turn, was shot down at his doorstep. Raymond's rights were violated by the authorities whom we trust to protect our Nation. Improper and unprofessional actions of the agencies involved were witnessed by family members present near the crime scene. Loved ones sat in agony, not knowing of Raymond's condition until they were told that he had passed hours later. Raymond lay in front of his home for seven hours before a coroner from Tucson arrived.

In our eyes and hearts, we believe that Raymond was approached with excessive and deadly force that took his life. He was a father, brother, uncle, friend, and an involved community member. Raymond always fought for what was right, and he will continue to fight even after his death. This is not an isolated incident, but it should bring awareness of the oppression our people live through.

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