Juston Root's Family Sues Police, City Of Boston, For Wrongful Death

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Juston Root was shot and killed by law enforcement in February.

Root, 41, lived in Mattapan.

In March, the Norfolk County DAs office ruled that the shooting — which involved five Boston police officers and one Massachusetts State Trooper — was justified.

On Monday, Root's sister, Jennifer Root Bannon, filed suit against both the department and the city of Boston, alleging a wrongful death.

We speak with Jennifer Root Bannon, as well as Juston's father, Evan Root.

We also hear from Boston Globe reporter Tonya Alanez.

WBUR reached out to Massachusetts State Police and the city of Boston, who both declined to comment, citing pending litigation. WBUR did not hear back from the Boston Police Department before this story aired.

This segment aired on August 11, 2020.

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