The motivation for the raid has nothing to do with how the raid was conducted.
Even if they had a question about their safety...the proper procedure would have been to enter the establishment and make sure they were aware of everyone in the place. Make sure no one had any weapons that could be used against them. That might have required for them to restrain individuals in the establishment initially. After that, individuals should have been separated and interviewed for documentation. If documentation was not present then they could be placed under arrest and taken to the processing location. If documentation was present, and they were not a person of interest in the investigation, then there was no legal or safety reason (read - probable cause) to them to have been detained.
Now, lets get back to their country their rules. That is all well and good. But you got people riding the dick of the current POTDR about all the good things being done the country. And yet, they want to overlook areas where basic professional police conduct is not being conducted. By their own admission, a number of people were arrested and then released afterwards who were not part of the investigation. That is not a ready for prime time operation.
Fine, reputation means nothing to them cause it is their country. Remember this was a well known regular business in operation in the daytime. Not a mother ****** trap house. So far there have been no reports that the owner/operators were part of the illegal activities that were occurring in the business. It is their country. They can do what they like. No matter what anyone thinks about it.
Because the police do not need probable cause to do anything in this country. They do what they like
. And then their actions are reviewed carefully. Anyone who has a police encounter in the Dominican Republic should handle themselves with the most extreme respect and care and have an attorney on speed dial. Because you can be right. But you can also be dead right. In my personal situation, I am still walking the streets. But it was very close to not being the case. I almost died. And a detainee that I was held with did die and received not medical attention despite out pleas to the controlling legal authorities holding us.
I don't know if you are a drinker. But when I write...I give it straight no chase. When you take a strong drink and you feel the effects, the drink is not angry at you. It is what it is.