Police to pursue charges against people who fought outside Turkish Embassy

The scene where a large fight broke out in a crowd near Sheridan Circle in D.C. Tuesday, May 17, 2017.(Photo courtesy of ANCA Facebook)

WASHINGTON - Metropolitan Police in D.C. say they plan do pursue charges against the people involved in a fight outside the Turkish Embassy Tuesday.

(WARNING: Video below contains graphic images)

Video shows dueling protests percolate into a brawl. Nine people were hurt, two were arrested.

In a statement, police said the actions of those involved "stand in contrast to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect each and every day."

"We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation."

The protesters were on opposing sides of Turkish President Recep Erdogan's visit with President Donald Trump earlier in the day.

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