Accused Kentucky cop killer was Black Lives Matter protester; photos you won’t see in media

The man who shot and killed a Kentucky State Trooper after a high speed chase was said to be an active supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.   Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks led 31-year-old Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder on a high speed chase Sunday, when he suddenly stopped and shot Ponder several times, killing him, according to the New York Daily News.   Police began a massive manhunt for Johnson-Shanks that ended when he was killed by police after refusing to drop his weapon, the Daily News reported.   A search of Johnson-Shanks Facebook page by the Daily News uncovered the fact that he was a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and often posted about police brutality cases but, ironically also advocated non-violence. In many photos, he is pictured with his hands up with the caption “hands up don’t shoot.”   The slogan is based on the lie that black teenager Mike Brown had his hands up when he was shot and killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in 2014, leading to the protests and violent riots that spawned the Black Lives Matter movement.

Johnson-Shanks’ Facebook cover photos also showed he was a President Obama supporter with one of his pictures calling for “four more years.”

Other pictures included a “Justice for Mike Brown” photo and one equating Brown with Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Johnson-Shanks was arrested in Ferguson on Aug. 11, 2014, the same day the Ferguson riots broke out, for interfering with a police officer, according to the National Review.

Yet on Aug. 21, 2014 he ironically posted a message to Facebook justifying police shooting suspects in certain instances.

“Come on y’all shooting at legs A RISK Tasers DONT WORK ON EVERYBODY AND EVERY COP DOESN’T HAVE A TASER pepper spray CROWD CONTROL come on now let’s be REAL someone walks up on YOU with a knife what are you going to DO… MACE TASE OR SHOOT,” he wrote.

Slightly more than a year later he met the same fate he advocated against.

To many on social media, this incident proves that the Black Lives Matter movement is inherently violent and they weren’t shy about expressing their opinions.

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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