On May 16, 2017, dozens of Kurds, many of them American citizens, clashed with Erdogan’s bodyguards at the Sheridan Circle in Washington.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was visiting his ambassador’s residence in Sheridan, watched the clashes from a distance.
According to US officials, Erdogan’s men beat the protesters without any real reason.
Charges were brought against twelve Turkish security officers shortly after the incident, but were largely dismissed a year after the attack.
In February 2020, a court ruled that Erdogan’s men could be charged, rejecting Turkey’s request for protection under the Sovereignty Immunity Law.
Turkey’s objection to the court decision was rejected and the process will continue.
Just in:The Republic of Turkey has failed in its effort to appeal the decision of the United States District Court regarding #Sheridan Circle attack, and, as such, Turkey is not afforded sovereign immunity. The suit against it shall proceed.
— Lena Argiri (@lenaargiri) July 27, 2021