Blue Lives Matter is a media company, founded and run entirely by active, former, and retired law enforcement officers and their families.
Due to the nature of the profession, law enforcement personnel are seen as easy targets and are consequently bullied by slander, illegitimate complaints, frivolous law suits, and physical attacks.
Unjust attacks from the new media, celebrities and politicians have damaged community relations and endanger the lives and safety of law enforcement officers.
We are supported by Americans who believe in law and order and want to provide a counterbalance to the dangerous false narratives being propagated about law enforcement.
Our mission to support law enforcement is accomplished through our supporters, the world's largest community of Americans who support law enforcement.
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Blue Lives Matter was founded based on the need of law enforcement.
On August 9, 2014, Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson was doing his job as he stopped Michael Brown, who had just committed a robbery of a local convenience store. Brown attacked Officer Wilson in an aggravated assault.
Officer Wilson was forced to defend his life by shooting Brown. In the months that followed, agitators spread outright lies and distortions of the truth about Officer Wilson and all police officers.
The media catered to movements such as Black Lives Matter, whose goal was the vilification of law enforcement. Criminals who rioted and victimized innocent citizens were further given legitimacy by the media as “protesters.”
America watched as criminals destroyed property, and assaulted and murdered innocent people, and they labeled these criminals as victims.
Personal responsibility for one’s actions went away, replaced by accusations of racism and an unjust government.
It seemed that almost every media organization was spreading the absurd message that people were being shot by law enforcement simply because of the color of their skin.
Even our political leaders pandered to these criminals and helped to spread this false narrative, with no thought of the consequences.
On December 20, 2014, NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu were ambushed and murdered by a fanatic who believed the lies of Black Lives Matter, the media, and politicians.
While reporting on the murder of these heroes, the media continued to spread the false narrative of Black Lives Matter.
Even the largest law enforcement media companies, who purport to be all for the police, helped spread misinformation through re-posting articles written with an anti-police bias.
At that moment, we realized that the major law enforcement news companies weren’t run by law enforcement, and they only cared about saving time and money by copying anti-police biased news sources.
The officers who founded this organization were motivated by the heroic actions of Officer Darren Wilson, and many others, and decided to create this organization in the hopes that we could prevent more officers from being hurt.
Blue Lives Matter formed and gathered supporters of law enforcement on Facebook to distribute information which accurately reflected the realities of law enforcement.
Feeling the limitations of being contained to Facebook, the Blue Lives Matter news website was launched to provide accurate coverage of law enforcement news, from a law enforcement perspective.
In 2016, after an unprecedented number of ambush attacks on law enforcement officers, the founders decided that we could be doing more to help the officers who are getting attacked in the streets. We began to provide law enforcement officers with life-saving equipment, at no cost to them.
Blue Lives Matter will continue to support law enforcement in any way when there is a need that we can fulfill.
Our Publishing Staff
Blue Lives Matter is made up of numerous current and retired law enforcement officers and their family members from across the country. Thanks to our publishing staff, you can ensure that you're consistently getting the most accurate police news available.
Editor-in-Chief - Christopher Berg: Twitter/@SnarkyCop. While working in law enforcement, Christopher co-founded Blue Lives Matter with other police officers in 2014. As a police officer, Christopher focused on DUI enforcement of drunk and drugged drivers. He resigned from his job as a police officer to run the publishing operations at Blue Lives Matter. Before becoming a police officer, he worked as a law enforcement dispatcher trainer.
Christopher is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Firearm Project.
Christopher is a professional member of the Online News Association, National Shooting Sport Foundation, and is a Poynter Prepared Member.
Managing Editor - Sandy Malone: Twitter/@SandyMalone_. Prior to joining Blue Lives Matter, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy and her husband Bill, a retired police captain and former SWAT commander for the Metro Transit Police in Washington, DC, ran a destination wedding planning business on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico for 10 years after his retirement, before relocating stateside following Hurricane Maria. She is the star of TLC's reality show "Wedding Island" and the author of a book called "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional."
Writer - Holly Matkin: Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff's deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.
Writer - Tom Gantert: Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.