The original Dallas mass police shooting suspect was not only the wrong man, he is the younger brother of peaceful protest organizer Cory Hughes and co-organizer. Police posted his image on social media for tens of thousands of people to see.
During the protest, Mark Hughes carried a legal carry license and an AR-15 rifle in protest. His older brother encouraged him, saying:
‘Why should the Constitution work for them and not us? He was exercising his Constitutional right.’
The two brothers were separated during the shooting chaos, when people began running. After they were reunited, Corey advised Mark to turn his weapon over to a Dallas police officer, given that it was one or more black men sniping at the police.
At first Mark said “no.” But then Corey insisted he give his gun to the police. He said:
‘So they know it isn’t you. [Then I] got [a] police officer and told him my little brother has a gun he wants to give to you.’
Dallas police released a photo of Mark that remained on its site until Friday afternoon. The caption read:
‘Please help find him.’
A friend saw the photo of Mark, called him, and told him that he was a suspect. First, Mark did a live interview with CBS 11 News, then he went to talk to the Dallas Police Department. Shortly thereafter, he turned himself over to the authorities.
When Mark arrived, Dallas police thought they had found the man responsible for killing 12 officers and injuring another seven Thursday night during the peace march and protest.
Hughes told CBS 11 News live on air that the police lied to him:
‘I just got out of the interrogation room for about 30 minutes with police officers lying, saying they had video of me shooting, which is a lie.
‘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.’
Police released Hughes from custody shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Friday morning, and his elder brother said:
‘I am so overwhelmed with emotion right now. I’m trying to be strong right now for my family that I know is watching.
‘but I’m crying on the inside, because we simply came to be a voice for those that don’t have a voice. And we went from being a voice to being suspects and being villains. And my question is why?’
Social media proved Mark’s innocence, showing him running away from the gunfire with others. MSNBC asked Mark if he had received an apology from the police yet, and he answered:
‘No apology. It’s mind-blowing to me. I didn’t think I was going to make it out alive.’
With social media easily available, it has become an excellent tool under these circumstances. Some ask “how much social media is too much?” But until every U.S. adult understands what grim violence guns can wield and works for change, people do not have the right to hide their eyes.
Watch the video of the two brothers early Friday morning:
Featured Image: Twitter.