As Texas struggled to come to terms with the aftermath of the deadly sniper attack, amidst all the chaos, the Dallas Police on Thursday released a picture of a man in a camouflage T-shirt, who they believed to be a 'suspect', reported The Washington Post.
The man, Mark Hughes, turned himself in after a picture of him holding a rifle, posted by the Dallas Police went viral on social media, reported Mashable.
This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him! pic.twitter.com/Na5T8ZxSz6
— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
The confusion was perpetrated further as Hughes was openly armed although footage from the incident showed no involvement by Hughes. His brother, Cory Hughes, a social activist and Black Lives Matter protest organiser, had planned to give a speech, which Mark had planned on attending.
According to Cory, his brother Mark was merely exercising his right, reported The Washington Post. A woman whom Hughes had high-fived before the shooting began said that she did not see him carrying a gun.
Upon shots being fired, Mark had reportedly approached the police to see if he could assist them. Later, a video resurfaced showing Mark handing his rifle to a police officer, and receiving a business card, reported Mashable.
According to reports, once he turned himself in, Mark said that he laughed and joked around with the officers, clearing the confusion. The situation turned ugly when the police questioned him for half an hour and 'lied' to him about having a video of Hughes firing at the police.
While the nation hunted for a man who was wrongly apprehended, Mark Hughes' lawyer berated the Dallas police for being irresponsible, arguing that because of the police's negligence, the Hughes family consequently received thousands of death threats, reported The Washington Post.
The Dallas police faced widespread criticism on social media for being irresponsible and putting an innocent man's life at risk. Many Twitter users urged the Dallas police to delete the tweet.
Can my man Mark Hughes get an apology? @DallasPD
— Courtney Lee (@CLJohnson_) July 8, 2016
— Kyle Istook (@KyleIstook) July 8, 2016
— Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) July 8, 2016
— BRIAN EVANS (@croon1) July 8, 2016