by Countable | Updated on 3.26.18
Following a May 2017 clash between protesters in D.C. and members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security team that put multiple protesters in the hospital, 15 members of that security team were charged with assault and other crimes. The House introduced a resolution condemning the violence. And yet, now charges against 11 of the 15 have been dropped -- the last batch on the eve of diplomatic talks with Turkey.
The Wall Street Journal reports that in November prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss charges against four of those accused. On February 14 they asked for the dismissal of charges against seven more, the day before then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was headed to Ankara for talks with the Turkish leader.
The cases against the defendants supposedly unraveled due to misidentifications and lack of evidence, but Tillerson was also reported to have noted the dismissals to Erdogan as a sign of the U.S. "addressing his grievances". One of the accused was the head of Erdogan’s security team.
None of the dismissals were announced publicly.
Charges are still pending against four members of President Erdogan’s security team, as well as two Canadians involved in the incident. Two Americans involved and subsequently arrested are awaiting sentencing.
Should the dismissals have been announced? Should the federal government still press for extradition of the foreign nationals involved in the incident? What is the balance between civil rights and international diplomacy?
Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!
— Asha Sanaker
(Photo Credit: Wikimedia / Creative Commons)
Written by Countable
This played out right before our eyes live on TV. Those thugs undermined our democracy with their violent actions against protestors exercising their Constitutional rights on US soil. They should be held accountable. Would any of us get away with such behavior in Turkey? I’m thinking, “No, we’d rot in their sub-human prison system for a very long time!”
IF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT HEAD OF GOVERNMENT OR OFFICIAL BREAKS THE LAW WHILE VISITING THE UNITED STATES BY ATTACKING LEGALLY PEACEFUL PROTESTERS ON US SOIL THEN THE FOREIGN PERPETRATOR MUST BE SUBJECT TO OUR LAWS IN FULL AND IN FULL DISCLOSURE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC !!! FULL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE FOREIGNERS AS WELL AS OUR JUDGES !! OBVIOUSLY !! THIS LENIENCY BS MUST STOP NOW !!
If America lowers its standards of behavior, the world will follow. Condemn this administration and its party for their greedy destructive agenda.
No thugs who attack protesters should be granted immunity.
Why are these people just let go without repercussions? To come on our soil and assault us and our values? Do something.
This is the Trump presidency. Everything that is morally and lawfully wrong is right again. Disgusting!! UNITE & RESIST!!!
Wow never underestimate the stupidity of the the Red Bald Eagle’s Administration.... forgive gun crimes of Turkish Foreign THUGS while it CONDEMNES peaceful protesting young Americans asking for safety from GUN WIELDING THUGS. Can you see what’s wrong with this picture?
Again, the corruption of this administrations unbelievable.
Senator Rubio, do you really support not punishing the attack on American citizens by foreign government
Well, of course they were. If there’s one thing that the American people have learned over the past year, it’s that Donald Trump will stab us in the back every time and the Republicans will do nothing to stop him. Cowards. Traitors.
The U.S. government needs to protect citizens from foreign thuggery!!! Do your jobs!!!
America should never trade justice to curry favor. While it is Dumb Donald’s method it should never be ours.
This is absolutely outrageous.
The Turkish guards who attack protesters on our soil. They must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If they have diplomatic immunity, it needs to be revoked and they must be banned from re-entering our country. This can not stand. They have no right to attack our citizens in our country!!!
WTF! So foreign agents can come to OUR COUNTRY and wreak havoc land it’s ok?! Bull 💩
A moment of national embarrassment. A group of dictator's tough guys rough up Americans on our own soil and there are no consequences. Why? Because everyone knows our leadership is weak and will roll over when push comes to shove.
This is unacceptable. Those individuals must suffer the consequences of attacking Americans.
This is totally unacceptable. These criminals attached Americans all of which was recorded. They need to pay for their crimes and we need to stop letting criminals skate free that are from dictatorship countries
The Trump Family must be trying to open a hotel in Turkey. And member of Congress who just sits by and let’s this happen is betraying the people they are supposed to be representing! I’m looking at YOU, Rubio!
I call BS. This is wrong