35 reads

#Repost @msrocc68 ・・・ ・・・ The rush to judgement has caused irreparable damage to Mark and his family. The refusal to retract the statement which unduly represented Mark as a suspect continues to expose him to grave danger. He has received at least 200 threats a day via email and his social media accounts towards his friends, family. Philando Castillo was killed even though he was a legal gun owner. Mark Hughes was labeled a terrorist even though all he did was to exercise his right to carry his weapon. Mark was depicted in this way solely because he was a black man with a gun. The same prejudice that labeled Mark Hughes a domestic terrorist is the same prejudice that got Philando Castillo killed. Lee Merritt, Hughes's lawyer, issued the following statement: "When the Dallas PD identified Mark Hughes as a suspect in the murder of five police officers in the Dallas snipper attacks they recklessly triggered a nationwide manhunt that put my client, his family and his livelihood in grave danger. As the nation was just coming to grips with the magnitude and severity of this brutal attack on law enforcement officers and peaceful protestors, they plastered Mr. Hughes face across news outlets and social media for no other reason than the fact that he was a Black man demonstrating his lawful right to openly carry a firearm in protest of the murder of two black men killed while exercising that same right. The moment the shooting broke out he went directly to the nearest peace officer and turned over his firearm. It wasnt until hours later that the DPD 1st shared his image with media outlets. Despite his full cooperation and obvious lack of involvement he was treated as a common criminal, interrogated, threatened, stripped of his property and shown out of the back door. No apology, no public statements of his lack of involvement and photographed remained on DPD's Twitter account with the request that the general public help find him for over 18 hours after his release. His family has received death threats, he, his wife, his mom, his brother continue to receive threats daily. Photo by @ruddyroye #onassignment for @time

A photo posted by Only 1 Coko (@cokoclemons) on

Also On Get Up! Mornings With Erica Campbell: