Lieutenant Roy Alston of the Dallas Police Department is on special assignment with the Caruth Police Institute for matters of procedural justice and police legitimacy, and was recently a member of the Department of Justice's committee responsible for the "After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to the August 2014 Demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri". This document, released in the summer of 2015, was the result of an independent and objective critique of the events that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014--including police response to mass demonstrations. These events have left indelible marks on both the perception and practice of policing in the United States, and the assessment is meant to provide findings and lessons learned that will help police departments avoid similiar mistakes and rebuild trust among the communities they serve. To read the document, visit To learn more about Lt. Alston, visit or contact the Caruth Police Institute at