12 police officers charged in death of American at Istanbul airport

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Istanbul - Twelve Turkish police officers and a doctor have been charged over the 2013 death of a US citizen at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport, the Dogan news agency reported on Friday.

The woman, Tracey Lynn Brown, 48, is seen in a video being pinned down by several officers for a lengthy period of time. A medical report concluded she died from extended pressure on her chest and neck.

The officers have been charged with negligent homicide and acting out of the acceptable use of force, while the doctor is facing a charge of negligence for allegedly failing to help the woman appropriately.

The officers, who could face 12 years in jail if convicted, say they used justified force, alleging that Brown had tried to attack them with scissors after behaving violently and erratically.

The trial will commence next month.

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