Mark Hughes, Man Wrongly Identified as the Dallas Shooting Suspect, Is Receiving Death Threats

Mark Hughes was mistakenly identified by the Dallas Police Department as a suspect in the deadly police ambush. Now Hughes is on the run after receiving death threats. (ERIK S. LESSER/EPA)
Mark Hughes was mistakenly identified by the Dallas Police Department as a suspect in the deadly police ambush. Now Hughes is on the run after receiving death threats. (ERIK S. LESSER/EPA)

A gun-toting, camouflage-wearing protester cleared in last week’s deadly attack on Dallas police officers was forced to run for his life from the local hotel where he had been holed up with his family since the rampage, his lawyer said Sunday. 

Mark Hughes was cleared of any involvement in the assault-rifle attack that killed five police officers in the waning moments of a Black Lives Matter protest, but not with the same fanfare he received when cops circulated his photo and asked for the public’s help to find him.

The Dallas police department tweeted a photo of the black protester with a rifle slung over his shoulder and wearing a camouflage T-shirt.

The image was retweeted thousands of times and broadcast on television before police acknowledged that Hughes — a demonstrator at the protest where the shooting occurred — was not a suspect.

Though cops officially cleared him, Hughes’ family said he has received hundreds death threats, and was forced into hiding.

But that escape was short-lived, said the family’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt, who said he was with Hughes and members of his family when they were confronted Sunday at a hotel where they were staying by an angry mob.

Hughes was with his brother, Cory, who helped organize the Dallas protest.

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Source: New York Daily News | SHAUN KING