Brother of man wrongly questioned by police over Dallas shooting receives death threats
Police apparently were very aggressive in interrogating them and refused to publicly clear Cory Hughes' name. Now getting death threats.— 黒い候補™ (@jazzorion) July 8, 2016
Cory Hughes, who is one of the organizers of the protest said he was “100 percent sure” his brother was not one of the shooters, after Dallas Police circulated a photo of the man on Twitter, holding an assault rifle.
This is one of our suspects. Please help us find him! pic.twitter.com/Na5T8ZxSz6— Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016
While carrying a rifle is legal in the state of Texas, Mark Hughes was exercising his right to bear arms, his brother said.
“My brother was marching with us,” Hughes told CBS. “Because he’s my brother and I understood the severity of the situation, I told my brother, ‘Give that gun away.’”
His brother reportedly handed the weapon over to police after volunteering himself for questioning.
Facebook video of DPD's original person of interest, handing over his weapon to authorities— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 8, 2016
Via facebook live videohttps://t.co/hDmeV6T4sz
Brother of man Dallas police erroneously ID’d as ambush suspect tells KTVT he’s receiving death threats on Facebook.— The Feed (@FeedNewsLive) July 8, 2016
Mark Hughes' attorney tells me Hughes is getting threats. He is not in police custody. Now in "safe location". pic.twitter.com/PTzMclgM1l— Allison Harris (@allisonfox4news) July 8, 2016
Despite Mark Hughes being released by the police, the brothers have reportedly been receiving death threats through social media.
Cory Hughes has said he got death threats. Mark says he didn't know his photo was out. When he did, he immediately found a cop.#Dallas— Crystal B. Shepeard (@ClearlyCrystalB) July 8, 2016
Five police officers were killed and six others injured by four suspects during a non-violent protest in central Dallas in memory of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were fatally shot by police.
One civilian, Shetamia Taylor, was also shot in the leg as she tried to shield her children from gunfire. Three suspects in the attack have been apprehended while the fourth is believed to have killed himself in a standoff with police.