DC Police issue arrest warrants for Turkish agents following DC melee

Posted June 16, 2017

Public defender David Holman sought home confinement, arguing that Yildirim wasn't a flight risk and had never been convicted of anything before. U.S. Marshals detained two more on June 14 - one in Virginia and one in New Jersey. Thirteen men and one woman were charged.

Dereci declined to comment when Torstar first wrote about him in May.

The incident, which coincided with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit, aggravated diplomatic tensions between the USA and its longtime ally.

Police have since arrested two Turkish nationals living in the US.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemned the decision on Thursday. Turkey is also a key USA ally in its campaign against Islamic State militants, but the two nations have butted heads over their respective relationships with Kurdish fighters, some of whom the US has armed even though Turkey claims the groups are terrorist organizations. The chief said his department would circulate additional photos of yet-unidentified suspects who could possible face charges.

Others were less welcoming than the US president - protesters supporting and opposing Erdogan were already heatedly debating outside the ambassador's home when members of the Turkish president's security detail proceeded to violently come in between the groups. Video showed security guards and some Erdogan supporters attacking protesters, leaving nine people hurt. A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing anti-government protesters and punching and kicking them as police struggled to intervene. A man holding a bullhorn was repeatedly kicked in the face.

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After the shooting, the Facebook Live video showed Yanez keeping his gun aimed at Castile while he waited for backup. Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

The fracas added to already strained US-Turkish ties.

The NATO allies are still at odds over a US decision to arm Syrian Kurdish rebels fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Two Canadians are among more than a dozen people sought in connection with a violent attack on protesters during an official visit by Turkey's president to the US capital last month. The Turkish government considers the group a terrorist outfit affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK). The Turkish undersecretary has told USA ambassador John Bass that police in Washington did not take security precautions against the protesters, who Turkey says were associated with outlawed Kurdish militants.

Twelve people were injured in the violent confrontation that took place outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on Sheridan Circle.

It is unclear if an official request for extradition has been extended to Turkey - or Canada - but State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday that the USA was looking at "additional steps" and warned that if any of the individuals sought USA visas in the future, "We know that they have warrants out for their arrests".

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