Juston Root, 41, was shot and killed by police in Brookline, Massachusetts.
According to police, officers received a message about a man brandishing a gun. Police officers who arrived at the scene claim that Root allegedly attacked one of them and tried to drive off. Police chase began and it ended after Root’s car was involved in a crash.
Police say after the crash Root got out the car and refused to drop what officers believed was a gun. Officers opened fire, Root died at the scene.
In May 2021, Root’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and a police officer. The prosecutor’s office considered the shooting was justified. In February 2022, Ruth’s family stated that they wanted to know the truth about what happened.
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“He was a beautiful young boy who, as he grew up, he contracted mental illness, and sometimes, that mental illness put him in this paranoid state,” Root’s father said. “He had a paint gun that could have easily looked like a gun.”
“The way he died will not go unanswered, and I will never give up,” said Justоn’s sister Jennifer Root Bannon.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.