Turkey attacks US over 'aggressive' action against Turkish bodyguards

Turkey attacks US over 'aggressive' action against Turkish bodyguards
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Turkey is summoning the U.S.'s ambassador to protest "aggressive and unprofessional actions” by Washington, D.C., police against its bodyguards last week in a violent melee in which protesters were attacked. 

Turkey provided the ambassador with “a written and verbal protest,” The Associated Press first reported.

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Video emerged last week of men in black suits assaulting and kicking protesters outside of the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to D.C.

NBC News reported that the men were Erdogan’s bodyguards.

D.C. police condemned the incident and vowed to pursue charges against those involved. Lawmakers also condemned the attacks, demanding Turkey apologize. 

The State Department in a statement confirmed that Turkey called on the U.S. ambassador to discuss the incident.

 “We can confirm the Turkish Foreign Ministry convoked our Ambassador to Turkey to discuss the violent incidents involving protestors and Turkish security personnel on May 16,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

“As we noted previously, the conduct of Turkish security personnel last week was deeply disturbing. The State Department has raised its concerns about those events at the highest levels.”

- Updated at 3:12 p.m.