I used to live in Denver. If you do a google search on the Denver PD you will find a slew law suits they have had to pay out on. I say that to establish that I am not siding with the PD. I am not that naive. I have worked with Denver and Aurora PD, the FBI and BATF. I don't trust any of them, not one tiny bit.
Let me propose another way of looking at it. Their past actions establishes a pattern and shows intent on both sides. I think there is a possibility that both sides may be at fault here. It wouldn't be the first time stupid met stupid and the results sucked.