DC police say 2 arrests made in Turkish embassy melee case
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 5:19
But the following week the Turkish government summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest "aggressive behavior" by USA security personnel and "security lapses" in the incident.
Law enforcement officials plan to announce charges Thursday against a dozen members of the Turkish president's security detail for their involvement in a brutal attack on protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence here last month, two United States officials said Wednesday. -Turkish relations. A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing protesters and punching and kicking them as Washington police struggled to intervene.
Last month the State Department summoned Turkey's ambassador over the incident, which one official called "deeply disturbing".
New Jersey contractor Eyup Yildirim - seen in video footage attacking protestors with Erdogan's bodyguards and kicking a woman - was charged with assault with significant bodily injury and aggravated assault.
State Department press secretary Heather Nauert told reporters today that the US government is "taking a look and examining the investigation's findings".
The Turkish Embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"The ambassador was notified that this decision was wrong, biased and had no legal basis", the statement said.
The incident took place after Erdogan met U.S. President Donald Trump. However, the city's police chief said investigators had insufficient evidence to charge Erdogan in what he characterized as a "pretty brutal" attack. Two Turkish-Americans have already been arrested for assault, and two Turkish Canadians have also been charged. Our actions will be responsive and proportional to the charges.
The US ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, was instructed to visit the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs where he was told that the US arrest warrants were unacceptable.
The president accused the demonstrators of being affiliated with a terrorist group, a charge they deny.
Newsman said the warrents were issued by the D.C. police, not the state department.
"I condemn this attack", Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters at a news conference announcing the charges. "And certainly anyone traveling to the United States will be held to that standard".