Man ID'd as Dallas shooting suspect says threats made after police tweeted photo

Mark Hughes, seen in this Thursday, July 7, 2016 photo, was declared a person of interest in that evening's Dallas police shootings. (Dallas Police Department / MGN)

A photo of a black man in a camouflage shirt with an AR-15 strapped across his chest was widely circulated after Dallas police posted it on Twitter, identifying him as a suspect immediately after a sniper attack that left five police officers dead.

After police interrogated Mark Hughes, an open-carry activist from Arlington, Texas, the department tweeted that he was no longer a "person of interest." The photo of him was taken down, but not before it was retweeted hundreds of times.

Hughes told CBS 11 that he was "defamed" by police and that the photo has garnered him "thousands" of death threats on Facebook.

His attorney, Paul Saputo, said Hughes hasn't "ruled out" the possibility of taking legal action against Dallas police.

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