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US Official: finding responsible individuals for Residence melee is of the utmost importance to us

By Ilhan Tanir, Washington DC

Video released Thursday shows that Erdogan watched his supporters, including members of his security detail, attack on protesters in the Sheridan Circle, across from the Turkish Ambassador Residence. Attackers were punching and kicking protestors who were chanting anti-Erdogan slogans. Later police restored order.

US State Department official speaking to Washington Hatti on the condition of anonymity first stated that “the conduct of Turkish security personnel earlier this week is deeply disturbing.”

WHatti also asked if the State Department has determined who are involved with the attack and if there is anything on the investigation they can share. US State Department Official said this about the investigation: “The State Department has raised its concerns about these events at the highest levels, and a thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the upmost importance to us. We can confirm that two members of the Turkish security detail were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released.”

Finally, using noise isolation techniques, a professional for the Daily Caller shed light on the verbal commands given by Turkey’s president prior to his bodyguards’ attack on a group of Kurdish protesters. When asked if the State Department has any comments over the video and speculations that Turkish President may have ordered the attack, which so far is not refuted by Ankara, the same official stated: “As this investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment on any hypothetical scenarios at this time.”

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