The truth is, this is all incredibly common with law enforcement and unfortunately lawyering up is about the only way to get them to respect any civil liberties, short of that it will not happen.
They do so hate/respect lawyers though. Lawyers are the only people who not only know what the various civil rights violations are, know what to do about them, and have actually been assigned that task in society and cannot be easily demonized for doing so. So yeah, they pretty much hate or/and respect them. Either way, lawyers represent a check on their ability to abuse power. Most police absolutely hate to be checked, even by other police officers.