Washington prosecutors have charged a dozen Turkish security and police officers with assault after an attack on protesters during Erdogan's visit to the us capital last month, officials said. But the rest of those wanted may never face charges; two are Canadian citizens and the others are Turkish, with all appearing to have left the United States before arrest warrants were obtained.
This after two Turkish men were arrested earlier Wednesday in connection to the incident, and charged with aggravated assault.
The DC police are expected to say that seven men are being charged for felonies, and another five for misdemeanors.
Washington police chief Peter Newsham, though, said peaceful protesters were "attacked for no reason".
The men, all Turkish citizens, include nine Erdogan security guards and three Turkish police. In one video recorded during the attack, the Turkish strongman can be seen looking on as his bodyguards clashed with protesters opposed to his regime.
The State Department formally protested the attack to Ankara, registering its concern in the "strongest possible terms". "We make sure they are safe, but we also make sure they follow our laws", she said. In total, nine people required treatment for injuries, including women.
Erdogan said the United States had no right to arrest his guards, who he said were protecting him from "terrorists".
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Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 16 people for allegedly assaulting protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited last month.
Erdogan lashed back, accusing United States police of having allowed "terrorists" to protest "50 meters from me" during his U.S. visit. Usoyan and Yusa were victims of the brutal assault on May 16th by President Erdogan's bodyguards.
The action is likely to exacerbate what has become a major irritant in U.S.
"During the meeting with the Ambassador, it was emphasized that the lapses of security experienced during our President's stay in Washington, which were caused by the inability of US authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program, will not overshadow what in every other aspect was a very successful and important visit", it added. If any are still in the country, they could be expelled if Turkey refuses to waive diplomatic immunity.
Erdogan sat in a Mercedes in the driveway of the ambassador's residence as the protesters stood across the street.
Video of the demonstrations showed Erdogan's security detail going head-to-head with a small gaggle of protesters, using their fists and feet to pummel them into submission.