The "brawl" in front of the Turkish Ambassador's Residence "was caused by the failure of local security authorities to take necessary measures. and therefore that Turkish citizens can not be held responsible for the incident that took place".
As the altercation started, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police and U.S. Secret Service Agents were also around. Another two men were arrested Wednesday morning according to CNN - Sinan Narin and Eyup Yildirim, both of whom are Turkish nationals. "If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested", he said.
The police statement did not say if the men were supporters of Erdogan, part of his security detail or protesters.
The men were described as "Canadian citizens" on a wanted notice issued Thursday by the Washington Metro Police Department and by police Chief Peter Newsham.
Investigators were able to identify the suspects using video footage, Newsham told reporters.
Video of the fracas shows Turkish security aides beating demonstrators and kicking those some on the ground repeatedly in the head. "Any further steps will be responsive and proportional to the charges", a State Department official said. "We support them to make sure they are safe". Nine people were hospitalized.
"The police did the best they could under the circumstances", Newsham said.
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American officials have strongly criticized Turkey's government and Erdogan's security forces for the violence; the State Department summoned Turkey's USA ambassador to complain.
Video clearly shows armed members of Erdogan's security detail dressed in dark suits cross the street in front of the residence and physically assault a small group of peaceful pro-Kurdish protesters.
"Recep Tayyip Erdogan was chosen by the Turkish people". Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) all demanded an apology from the Turkish government, while the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 397-0 resolution condemning the violence.
The charges mark a major retaliation by the United States in an incident complicated by rules regarding diplomatic immunity, and Turkey's status as a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.
"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 USA 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. They also violently attacked journalists covering the event, kicking an American cameraman in the chest to prevent him capturing the president's arrival.
Members of Erdogan's bodyguards charged included Turgut Akar, Ismail Dalkiran, Servet Erkan, Tugay Erkan, Ahmet Karabay, Feride Kayasan, Lutfu Kutluca, Mustafa Murat Sumercan, Gokhan Yildirim, Ismail Ergunduz, Mehmet Sarman and Hamza Yurteri.