The man who was mistaken as the suspect in the ambush shooting of Dallas police officers in July was arrested in Dalworthington Gardens on outstanding warrants early Monday.
A slew of comments on a Facebook video of the arrest, which Mark Hughes live-streamed, suggested Hughes was mistreated by the police officer. But Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Aaron Ausmus said the officer “followed our protocol and practices.”
“This was a routine traffic stop,” Ausmus said. “We had no idea who the gentleman was when we pulled him over.”
The officer pulled Hughes over on an Interstate 20 service road about 1:20 a.m. Monday, Ausmus said.
Hughes’ high-beam headlights were on, which Ausmus said is a possible indicator of drunken driving, and Hughes’ registration had expired.
Hughes wasn’t drunk, but when the police officer approached the car, Hughes didn’t have his driver’s license, Ausmus said.
Hughes’ Facebook video begins with the police officer telling him to put his phone down and get out of his car.
“For what?” Hughes asked.
“Because right now, you’re under arrest,” the officer said.
“For what?” Hughes asked again.
“You failed to ID — you said you don’t have anything,” the officer said.
“Set your phone down and get out of the car,” the officer says repeatedly.
When Hughes gets out of the car, the officer can be heard saying, “Put your hands behind your back, but do not tense up.”
After the officer told Hughes several more times to put his hands behind his back, handcuffs can be heard clicking.
Hughes was given a warning for failure to display identification and was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Fort Worth, Ausmus said.
On July 7, Hughes was participating in a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas when a sniper opened fire and killed five police officers. As authorities searched for the suspect, Dallas police posted a photo of Hughes to Twitter, declaring him a person of interest.
The actual suspect, Micah Johnson, was later killed by a police bomb robot.