Thursday evening (July 8), a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas was underway following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Nearing the end of the march, shots were fired from an unidentified suspect, aiming the bullets at law enforcement. Five police officers were pronounced dead and nine others were injured. In the heat of the situation, a man identified as Mark Hughes was named as the shooter by the official Dallas Police Department’s Twitter account, and was questioned by local authorities.
Once the details were gathered and Hughes was released as a non-suspect, he’s received death threats even though he was wrongly blamed for that night’s occurrence.
Hughes mentioned that he wasn’t aware that his image was floating around the web until he got a phone call. Once he was notified, he went up to a few officers and told them about the situation, and was then taken into an interrogation room for 30 minutes.
“Y’all have my face on national news, are y’all gonna come out and say that this young man had nothing to do with it?” he said. “There was persecution on me, unrightly.”
— Dr. Seema Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) July 8, 2016
News outlets state that the lone sniper was ID’d as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25. Reports reveal that Johnson was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, and was killed when police authorities detonated a bomb after negotiations failed. Three other suspects are still in custody.