Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, the Missouri man who shot and killed Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, 31, during a traffic stop Sunday night on Interstate 24, was an apparent ‘Black Lives Matter’ sympathizer who protested after the shooting death of Michael Brown last year and attended the 18-year-old’s funeral, social media posts show.
The Daily Caller Reports:
A Missouri man who shot and killed a Kentucky state trooper during a traffic stop Sunday was an apparent Black Lives Matter sympathizer who protested in the days after the shooting death of Michael Brown last year and attended the 18-year-old’s funeral, social media posts show.
Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, shot Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder after a high-speed chase on Interstate 24 at around 10:30 p.m. local time Sunday.
Johnson-Shanks fired into Ponder’s cruiser at the end of the 10-mile chase, striking and killing the rookie trooper.
A Facebook account that appears to belong to Johnson-Shanks shows that he took part in the protests that followed the shooting. Pictures show him adopting the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose which became the rallying cry following the shooting.
Johnson-Shanks also attended Brown’s burial and a memorial service at which Al Sharpton spoke.
The Facebook account is listed under the name “Jay MileHigh.” The birthday listed on the account matches Johnson-Shanks’.
The account also indicates that Johnson-Shanks was an amateur tattoo artist, though not a particularly skilled one.