Dominican Police Chief’s house guards arrest TV crew - Reporters of the program of the investigative journalist Nuria Piera were arrested Friday afternoon by security guards of National Police chief Rafael Guzmán, as they were filming near his the residence.

The journalist Delys Medina, the cameraman Henry Valera and the driver Adriano Carvajal, who were released hours later, said the guards took their equipment and press cards violently, despite having identified themselves and explained that they were there filming near Guzmán’s residence to use the footage in a news article.(Dominican Watchdog comment - Probably in connection to his ownership of a luxury apartment in the Cocaine Tower(Torre Atiemar))

They affirmed they were in the street in front of the house, in Arroyo Hondo III, from where they were taken to Police Headquarters, where Piera went to complain of the incident.

Shortly after Police spokesman Nelson Rosario met with Piera for several minutes and affirmed that the situation stemmed from a "misunderstanding," but defended the agents’ action as being within their duties.

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