I’m running one of the published adventures, so please be aware THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS THREAD!!!
The crew responded to an emergency call from Stallas II because it looked like half the population attacked the other half and drove them to seek cover in a surface-level waiting room. The crew arrives and finds the colonists are all suddenly (they were visited before) cult-level obsessed with a god called the Shepherd. The crew fears an external force is at work here. They call down to the administrator in the underground city and hear the group who fled to the surface originally atatcked those underground. Then, some of the underground folk began firing phasers over the barricades at the crew and the survivors on the surface.
The First Officer places pattern enhancers and convinces the Captain to beam down cannisters of a nerve gas. The beaming is successful, and the First Officer knocks all the colonists unconscious with it. The crew are in medvac suits and are safe. Then, the First Officer tricks the people in the underground city to gather together. He gasses all of them to unconsciousness, and the crew binds all unconscious men, women and children.
The point of this, according to the Captain and First Officer, was to prevent the external force from causing attacks or attempts to stop the crew from using the colony medbay to research the influence of the external force.
How would Starfleet respond to news that a Captain ordered an entire colony of folk happy Starfleet arrived to help to be gassed unconscious and then bound? What repurcussions should happen as a result of this?