Protecting Ourselves Against Firearm Fatalities—Funding, Media, and Policy

This important panel discussion, created as the second in the Destination Zero Year-End Fatality Report and Program Series, a series of programs to supplement the January 11, 2021 release of the 2020 Officer Fatality Report, will provide strategies and guidance on how budgeting, social media, and reviewing procedures and policy can be used to reduce Firearms-related fatalities.

The one-one discussion will be led by officers who have battled every leader’s worst nightmare and will share their insight to prevent further tragedies.


Congressman John Katko, New York, 24th District


Marcia Ferranto, Chief Executive Officer, National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum

Featured Speakers:

Superintendent David O. Brown, Chicago (IL) Police Department

Dr. Alex Eastman, Senior Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


About the Featured Guests:

Congressman John Katko

Congressman John M. Katko was first elected to represent the 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2014.  In Congress, he serves on the House Homeland Security Committee as Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation subcommittee.  He also serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.  Rep. Katko has been a public servant long before he began his congressional career. He graduated with honors from both Niagara University and Syracuse University College of Law, embarking on successful legal career with both private practices and the Federal Government. He served first as a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and then commenced to his twenty-year career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  As a federal prosecutor, Rep. Katko served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and with the DOJ’s Criminal Division, Narcotics & Dangerous Drug Section. He also served as a Senior Trial Attorney on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Rep. Katko eventually returned to his hometown of Camillus, NY, and for over 15 years, he served as a federal organized crime prosecutor in Syracuse for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of New York. He led high-level narcotics federal prosecutions, concurrently holding the positions of Narcotics Chief, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Coordinator, Binghamton Office Supervisor, Team Leader, and Grand Jury Coordinator. He notably served as Supervisor of the Narcotics Section, formulating the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force, and successfully prosecuting the first-ever RICO gang case in the City of Syracuse, which led to a significant drop in the City’s violent crime rate.

Rep. Katko has been honored with the top prosecutor award by three separate Attorneys General for his work on the Gang Violence Task Force and international drug-trafficking investigations. He has lectured at Syracuse University College of Law and Cornell Law School and has led attorney trainings for criminal investigations and prosecutions worldwide in Moscow, Croatia, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, and El Salvador. In 2011, Rep. Katko was selected to be the sole U.S. advisor on a highly sensitive prosecution in Albania. He retired from the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2013 to run for Congress.

Superintendent David O. Brown

David O. Brown joined the Chicago Police Department in April, becoming CPD’s 63rd Superintendent. He brings more than 30 years of law enforcement experience to Chicago and is nationally recognized for his expertise in reform, public safety, and community policing. He most recently served as Chief of the Dallas Police Department from 2010 to 2016. While leading the DPD, the city saw a historic reduction in crime and the lowest murder rate in over 80 years. During his tenure as chief, he guided the department through the worst police shooting in the nation’s history in July 2016, where five police officers were killed, and nine others injured along with two civilians. It was Superintendent Brown’s choice to use an explosive device delivered by a robot to kill the shooter – a decision that likely saved the lives of police officers and civilians alike.

Superintendent Brown’s law enforcement career began when he left the University of Texas at Austin his senior year to join DPD after witnessing the effects of the crack epidemic in Oak Cliff, the Dallas neighborhood where he grew up as the middle child of two siblings – raised by his mother and maternal grandmother. During his distinguished career with DPD, he worked in patrol divisions, SWAT, and internal affairs. As Chief, he equipped officers with body cameras and sought to reform training on the use of lethal force. His memoir Call to Rise details his personal stories, career, and tragedies that have shaped him – including the deaths of his son, his brother, and his former police partner.

Dr. Alex Eastman

Dr. Eastman is the Senior Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). In this role, he is responsible for operational medicine across DHS in addition to countering threats to the United States worldwide. Dr. Eastman is a Task Force Officer with ICE Homeland Security Investigations and is assigned to the Special Response Team (SRT) program. Dr. Eastman is also a Dallas Police Department lieutenant, the Chief Medical Officer of the Dallas Police Department, and the Lead Medical Officer for the Dallas Police SWAT Team. He is actively involved in national planning for law enforcement medical support through the Department of Justice’s Officer Safety and Wellness Group, the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, the Hartford Consensus Working Group and serves as the Medical Advisor for the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Formerly, Dr. Eastman served as the Chief of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. He was also an Assistant Professor and trauma surgeon in the Division of Burns, Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and continues to be a practicing trauma surgeon.

Dr. Eastman was recently awarded the Dallas Police Department Medal of Valor for actions taken during the July 7, 2016 police ambush and has been previously honored as an Outstanding Young Alumni (2014) from The University of Texas at Austin, the Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year (2013) and Officer of the Year (2014) from the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Police Association.


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