Unarmed Man Shot in the Back, Killed By Cops in a Bathroom Over Jaywalking Stop

Free Thought Project – by Matt Agorist

Eagle Point, OR — A family is heartbroken this week after learning that the officers who took their son’s life will not be charged and were ruled justified in his killing—over improperly crossing the street. Matthew Graves, 33, was shot in the back twice by police last month after they followed him into a Carl’s Jr. bathroom because they suspected him of jaywalking.

Prior to his interaction with police, Graves was unarmed, had harmed absolutely no one, had no warrants, and was simply walking to Carl’s Jr. to get a bite to eat. However, because he crossed the road in a manner not fit for the police state—otherwise known as jaywalking—Graves would be killed in cold blood by public servants and die on the floor of a fast food restaurant bathroom.  

The incident happened on September 19, but the body camera footage was only just released. It shows Officer Daniel Cardenas, an Eagle Point officer for two years, follow Graves because he allegedly crossed the road outside of a crosswalk.

According to Eagle Point District Attorney Beth Heckert, officer Cardenas followed Graves to the fast-food restaurant because he intended to talk to Graves about the dangers of jaywalking. Instead of informing Graves of anything, however, Cardenas walked into the Carl’s Jr. and pulled his gun on the diagnosed schizophrenic causing him to panic.

Vickie Graves explained at the time that her son was “not on drugs and did not have a weapon” during the incident. She addressed his mental illness: “he talked to himself frequently as he was a schizophrenic. A functioning one.”

As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, police reactions to schizophrenics often lead to their deaths as police only know how to yell and escalate violence, two things which are known triggers for the mentally ill.

As Oregon Live reports:

It was later determined Graves was unarmed and had no active warrants. Graves’ father told jurors his son has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and hadn’t been taking medication for years.

The officers testified that Cardenas used a Taser on Graves after Graves put his hands on him, that the stun gun had little effect, that Graves punched Davis soon after he got into the bathroom, and that Graves managed to Tase Davis with Cardenas’ unholstered Taser. They also said that Davis told Cardenas twice that Graves had a gun and that Cardenas shot Graves twice in the back.

The officers later realized Davis mistook the Taser for a gun. The officers’ Tasers and firearms were both black and could have been easily confused in the chaos, Heckert said. Grand jurors suggested officers’ Tasers and firearms be different colors, and Police Chief Darin May said Wednesday that it would be something he would look into.

As the disturbing video below shows, Cardenas was the instigator and Graves merely wanted to get a bite to eat. Graves was simply washing his hands when the officer barged into the bathroom with the gun drawn—over jaywalking.

Within seconds, Graves was in panic mode as Cardenas shot him with the taser for trying to exit the bathroom. Moments later, the two were on the ground as Officer Clarence “C.J.” Davis arrived to help Cardenas. As the two officers held him down, we hear “he has a gun,” before two shots ring out.

He had no such gun. After shooting Graves, the officers realize that fact. When Cardenas asked where the gun Davis mentioned earlier was, Davis said that the officer’s taser on the ground could’ve been what he saw.

For walking across the street, an unarmed and arguably innocent man was killed in a bathroom by public servants, and the system calls this justice—a tragedy indeed.

“I will miss you my dear boy. I see you everywhere I go,” Vickie Graves wrote in a heartbreaking Facebook post after her son’s death. “My heart cries for you. We will always love and miss you. We will find out the reason why you were killed. Our lives will never be the same.”

Sadly, she now knows her son was killed for no reason at all.

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14 thoughts on “Unarmed Man Shot in the Back, Killed By Cops in a Bathroom Over Jaywalking Stop

  1. all escalated by the pigs

    Death for Jaywalking
    You fukrrs are sick
    Like rabid dogs

    Dad … you gonna go back and sit on the couch?

  2. That ahole F’g PIG of course has to project the blame on to the person he just murdered with “why would you do that?!”

    As if not laying on the dirty floor of a restroom were dehumanizing enough for jaywalking.

    I hope this POS PIG has kids so they can ALL meet his PIG buddies someday and enjoy the same blue line treatment.

  3. Every cop you see, yell “HE HAS A GUN!!” and see what reaction you get. Like yelling “FIRE” in a movie theatre, you’d more’n likely wind up either embalmed or incarcerated.

  4. I won’t feel an ounce of pity when the shit hits the fan and these gestapo thug bastards are hunted down like the rabid animals that they are. They murdered a man over a petty “crime”, they are inhuman bastards drunk on their own “power and authority”. The whole lot of them need to go.

    1. Lol cute Kaity

      It’s now Trumps Police State
      Something else he acquired from Oblaimy
      And isn’t changing , if anything it’s getting ramped up

      I mean when you can get Murdered for walking across a street and not using the cross walks …

      Arm up folks , your next tail light out could be high noon and the quick and the dead ( love to see the oh shit look if someone saw the writing on the wall and drew first )
      Are you ready?

  5. This how it has always been I think, even since the roman times and before. Humans are slaves. Always have been and always will be. It is very difficult to impossible to defeat an intelligence higher than your own and humans (especially Americans) simply no longer have the capacity to do anything about the brutality inflicted on them.
    The men with the weapons and the will to use them for pay are the absolute rulers of humans. Its always been that way.
    You bring all the papers, laws and documents you want to a fight and the man with the weapon will win every time.
    The problem now is the technology they are using against you and soon the last window of opportunity to resist will close and that will be it………..Game over for humanity forever.
    I’m glad I’m getting old and will get to die soon as there is nothing to look forward to anymore and I have lost all hope of even a trace of freedom.

  6. gosh – where was the dirty pigs ‘ throw down ‘ gun ? most carry one , so they can murder innocents and get away with it just remember pig scum karma

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