Friday, July 08, 2016

Man Wrongly Accused as Dallas Shooter Says Police Lied to Him During Interrogation
Nathan Wellman
July 8, 2016

Dallas protester Mark Hughes was blatantly lied to during his interrogation by police officers who were eager to pin last night’s gruesome shootings on him.

Hughes willingly turned himself in after finding out that he was a person of interest suspected of killing five officers and wounding seven others in last night’s sniper attack. He was later released when officers were convinced that he had been wrongly identified.

Hughes told local news station KTVT that police lied to him while in their custody, claiming that they had direct evidence that would put Hughes away forever. The full interview can be found here:

“I just got out of an interrogation room for about 30 minutes, where police officers were lying, saying they had video of me shooting a gun, which is a lie, saying that they had witnesses saying I had shot a gun, which is a lie,” Hughes said. “At the end of the day… the system was trying to get me.”

Hughes had been marching as a part of a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, one of many demonstrations across the country protesting police brutality against African Americans. Following the incident, Hughes was unaware that he had been fingered as a suspect, and was simply trying to get around police barricades to find his car.

“Hindsight 20/20, I could’ve easily been shot,” he said.

Hughes said he’s been receiving constant death threats since police released his picture to the public, and police have yet to apologize for wrongly identifying him.

One of the Dallas shooters has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Johnson told negotiators that he didn’t belong to any groups, and that he carried out the shooting on his own.

Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW

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