A man who was identified as a “suspect” 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 learning the photo of him holding a rifle was circulating on social media and on national television.
He was later released.
Video posted to Facebook captured Hughes handing over his rifle to an officer and accepting a business card from him.
“We received a phone call that my face was on there as a suspect and immediately I flagged down a police officer,” he later said in an interview.
Many took to Twitter to question why he was identified as a suspect, and why his photo remained on the department’s Twitter feed.
— Dan Marries (@DanMarriesKOLD) July 8, 2016
— April (@ReignOfApril) July 8, 2016
Mark Hughes turned himself in after being called a suspect by media, while @DallasPD only called him a POI.
Why? Black men can't open carry
— Ramon Romero Jr. (@RepRamonRomero) July 8, 2016
In the interview, Hughes said he was held in a police interrogation room while officers told him they had video of him shooting a gun and had witnesses who saw him shoot a gun.
Both were lies, he told a news reporter.
“At the end of the day … the system was trying to get me,” he said.
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 8, 2016
Hughes added that he even got death threats over the incident.
“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 to do with it?” he asked.