Turkish Security Officers Charged in 'Brutal' DC Brawl

DC police say 2 arrests made in Turkish embassy melee case

Police in the Washington, D.C., are seeking the arrest of a dozen Turkish security agents and two others accused of taking part in a violent attack on protesters during an official visit by Turkey's president, a melee that became a major irritant in U.S.

The charges emerged following the arrest on Wednesday of two Turkish-American men for their role in the attack.

Washington police are leading the investigation, in cooperation with federal law enforcement and the U.S. State Department.

The Times article also noted the charges against the two men, and detailed that "Narin was charged with felony and misdemeanor assault". Sources tell The New York Times that the guards will face several felony and misdemeanor counts.

Twelve Turkish security agents are set to be charged on Thursday over their alleged involvement in a brutal physical attack on demonstrators in Washington DC in May, during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It also accused USA authorities of roughing up Erdogan's security detail.

Some additional suspects still have not been identified, the police chief said.

Following the clash, footage surfaced showing Erdogan watching his security detail beating up the demonstrators. Officials at the Turkish Embassy in Washington declined to comment Thursday. We support them. We make sure that they are safe, but we also make sure that they follow our laws.

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The US had voiced "strongest possible" concern to Turkey over the street brawl that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel in May, injuring 11 people. It is likely they will be extradited to face those charges in the United States.

Relations were severely strained even before the melee, which came as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived at the Turkish ambassador's residence after a White House meeting with United States president Donald Trump.

Washington officials announcing the charges, which were filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, described the treatment of the protesters as an attack on United States values.

The Turkish flag flies over the the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017.

The charges mark a major retaliation by the United States in an incident complicated by rules regarding diplomatic immunity, and Turkey's status as a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

In one clip, the suit-clad guards can be seen repeatedly kicking a woman as she lay on a sidewalk. "We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur". "The police planned to announce the charges at a news conference on Thursday morning, according to the two officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the charges before they were made public".

"When you have folks that are peacefully protesting here in Washington, D.C., which is a place where we welcome peaceful protest, and they are attacked for no reason, we think it's extremely important", MPD Chief Peter Newsham told reporters.

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