DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents

Eyup Yildirim kicking Kurdish protester outside Turkish embassy

Police in Washington, D.C., have issued felony arrest warrants for two Canadian supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the aftermath of a bloody assault outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington last month.

In a charging document presented in court Thursday against Sinan Narin, one of four Turkish-Americans already arrested in the case, Washington police detective Victor DePeralta called the incident a "vicious attack".

Similarly, the Washington, D.C., police chief said the department would arrest any of the individuals if they returned to the USA, although he would rather they turn themselves in. Police say they've issued arrest warrants for a dozen Turkish security agents and two others accused of taking part in a violent altercation May 16 as Turkey's president visited Washington.

Most of the suspects face both felony and misdemeanor assault charges. Eyup Yildirim was arrested in New Jersey on charges of assault with significant bodily injury and aggravated assault. "If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested", he said.

Two of the defendants are American citizens and were arrested Wednesday.

Police said they would release images of the suspects who they had not been able to identify. Voice of America's Turkish service released video showing the Turkish president observing from inside a auto while the Turkish security team clashed with the protesters. The State Department also condemned the attacks. "We support them, we make sure that they are safe, but we also make sure that they follow our law", Bowser said at a press conference.

Eleven people were injured in the brawl described by Washington's police chief as a "brutal attack" on protesters.

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Addressing a question whether law enforcement believes that Mr. Erdogan ordered the attacks, the police chief said they didn't have enough evidence at the moment to bring up charges.

US authorities will reportedly prosecute twelve members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's security detail over a May 2017 attack on protesters in Washington, D.C.

The incident outside the Turkish Ambassador's Residence during Erdogan's visit to Washington has strained U.S.

Erdogan lashed back, accusing USA police of having allowed "terrorists" to protest "50 meters from me" during his United States visit.

The paper further reported, however, that it was high unlikely that any of those charged would face extradition to the United States, although they would face arrest if they ever returned. The men in suits could be seen repeatedly stomping one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. The statement went further yet, claiming that the incident would not have taken place had the USA authorities taken the "usual" measures and as such, Turkish citizens could not be held to blame.

"There's no indication at all that the protestors were a terrorist group", Newsham said, disputing that claim. He repeatedly urged those with an outstanding warrant to turn themselves over to US officials.

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