D.C police issue warrants for Turkish Presidents security team

WASHINGTON—Police in the nation’s capital issued arrest warrants and wanted posters Thursday for a dozen members of the Turkish president’s security team who are accused of assaulting demonstrators protesting the visit of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Washington last month.

The unusual prosecution of a foreign leader’s security team sets the stage for a diplomatic showdown between Turkey and the U.S., which risks alienating an unpredictable ally over the incident.

Mr. Erdogan quickly vowed to fight efforts to prosecute his bodyguards. The Turkish Foreign Ministry criticized the charges as “unacceptable.” And the ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador to its office in Ankara to express the government’s concern.

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