Mark Hughes, the 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 and his brother, Corey were about a block away when the shooting began. They ran for cover and then Corey advised Mark to hand over his weapon to the police lest they think he might have been involved. Mark did so and the two helped the police evacuate the area. Little did they know that someone had snapped a photo of Mark earlier that evening and handed it to the police as a potential suspect. The police posted the photo on social media with an appeal: “This is one of our suspects. Please help us 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.

At the moment, he fears for the safety of his family and even though cops officially cleared him, Hughes’ family said he has received hundreds death threats, and was forced into hiding.


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