Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Accused Kentucky cop killer was Black Lives Matter protester

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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.

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