We are proud to announce the launch of The Police Tribune website as the new home of the now-former Blue Lives Matter news publication.
Blue Lives Matter was founded in December 2014 after NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were assassinated as they sat in their patrol cars. Their killer targeted them for assassination in retaliation for perceived police injustices against black people.
He had that perception because it was the same narrative being fed to him by the mainstream media, activists, and politicians – but it was all based on lies.
Police officers are often put in a position where they are required to use force, and we cannot ignore the context behind these incidents and just point at the skin color of the people involved.
After the assassination of the NYPD officers, a group of police officers decided that somebody needed to stand up for law enforcement officers because nobody else was doing it.
We formed Blue Lives Matter and started gathering support on social media to send the message that these officers’ lives matter too, and they have a right to self-defense.
We quickly realized one of the biggest frustrations of law enforcement officers that the public did not understand why police officers may be required to use force.
Officers, generally speaking, cannot speak to the media or share their side of the story without violating policy and risking their jobs.
Police officers needed a line of communication to the public, so we created a website where our police officers could share their opinions in anonymous articles.
We then realized that many people criticizing police officers didn’t simply have a different opinion, but they were unaware of basic facts surrounded the cases they discussed.
The journalists professionally tasked with reporting the truth frequently skip too many details that would explain why things happened the way they did when officers make split-second decisions. In the worst cases, journalists have intentionally edited video and omitted facts which would show that a police action was justified.
There was a desperate need for facts and context over opinion.
Blue Lives Matter shifted focused from opinion to facts on real cases to provide context ignored by the mainstream media.
In 2017, Blue Lives Matter ceased being an opinion-based publication and established ourselves as a police news publication.
We hired professional journalists, and shifted our focus to fact-based reporting. We created strict editorial guidelines and we work to fact-check and provide context to all incidents.
But even though we changed the way we operated, our name remained the same.
“Blue Lives Matter” represents a cause, not specifically a news publication. And because of that, it was ripe to be hijacked by people who were looking to agitate and spread misinformation.
The reality has become clear that not only are people conflating our journalism with the cause, but they are conflating the cause with any random person who displays a thin blue line flag.
During this great time of change, it’s an appropriate time for us to change our name to give more clarity that we are a news organization.
We are in a continuing phase of transition, and you will notice changes to our new website and branding.
However, we will continue to produce the same content that informs people about facts and context which are under-reported in the mainstream media.