Falsely Accused Dallas Sniper Suspect Mark Hughes Sets Record Straight In His First Interview (VIDEO)

On July 7, 2016, shots rang out during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas intended to honor Philando Castile and Alton Sterling (two black men shot and killed in two separate police shootings this week).

According to reports, at least two snipers opened fire killing five and wounding six members of law enforcement.

Within a short amount of time, footage of an African-American protester wearing a green camo shirt while open-carrying what appears to be a semi-automatic rifle started circulating, as police named the man in the video a “person of interest,” in connection with the mass shooting.

This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him!” a post on the DPD’s Twitter feed said about 11 p.m. Thursday.

At approximately 11:30 pm on Thursday, a follow-up tweet stated the man in the picture was a “person of interest,” not necessarily a suspect in the shooting and that he was now in police custody.

However, a man claiming to be the brother of the person of interest who identified himself as Cory Hughes said that his brother Mark Hughes was innocent and that he was currently cooperating with law enforcement.

News organizations also started circulating video showing Mark Hughes in the crowd at the time of the shooting, making it more unlikely that he was actively involved.

Video later surfaced of Mark Hughes handing over his weapon to a Dallas police officer shortly after the shots began.

A reporter for CBS11 News interviewed Mark Hughes and his brother Cory Hughes after the two men were released from police custody.

I just got out of the interrogation room for about 30 minutes with police officers lyin’ saying they had video of me shooting. which is a lie,”” Mark Hughes told CBS11’s Robbie Owens on live television. “(They said) that they have witnesses saying I shot a gun. which is a lie. I mean at the end of the day, the system is trying to get me.

For Mark Hughes, his life may never be the same after authorities rushed to convict him simply because he was open-carrying a firearm — a practice that the state of Texas proudly made legal starting January 1, 2016.

Hughes’ story highlights one of the greatest threats conservatives foolishly ignore as they spout their misguided “good guy with a gun” fairy tale. A legally authorized open carry holder can quickly become a target of law enforcement during an active shooter situation. In fact, Hughes said that he’s lucky to be alive.

It would just take one mass shooter who is posing as law enforcement or who is a legally registered open-carry holder to turn this into a political nightmare. As far as we know, this scenario may have already manifested itself.

Featured image via YouTube.

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