Guy Wrong Identified as ‘Defendant’ in Dallas Cops Shooting Speaks Out
A guy who was identified as a “defendant” in a tweet by the Dallas Police Department during a night of violence in the city that resulted in the deaths of five police officers is speaking out after he was cleared.
Mark Hughes turned himself in to an officer after discovering the picture of him holding a rifle was circulating on national television and on social media.
He was later released.
This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him!
— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
Video posted to Facebook got Hughes taking a business card and handing over his rifle.
“We received a phone call that my face was on there as a defendant and instantly I flagged down a police officer,” he afterwards said in a interview.
Many took to Twitter to question why he was identified as a defendant, and his picture stayed on the Twitter web feed of the section.
In the interview, Hughes said he was held in a police interrogation room while policemen told him they had witnesses who saw him fire a firearm and had video of him firing a firearm.
Both were lies, he told a news reporter.
“At the end of the day … the system was attempting to get me,” he said.
Hughes added that he got death threats over the event.
“Now you all have my face on the national news. Are you all going to come out and say that this young man had nothing regarding it?” he inquired.