It isn't a bunch of cops though. Isn't it just a single local LEO on leave and a single statie, both of which were recently involved in questionable decision making which resulted in the incident that caused the leave and the death of someone in custody, neither of which have any real reason for hanging out with Claude, and both of which are outside their jurisdiction? Then there's 2 PIs, a defense attorney, and whatever the kinda-boyfriend is. Not only is the local LEO on leave, but he's getting mandated psych treatment -- his word might not be gold right now. And keep in mind, if this follows pattern, there's going to be a ton of physical evidence conflicting their statements. Also, in Terry's case there was actual physical evidence putting him at the conference, corroborating the eyewitness statements. I don't think the word of a cop is stronger than physical evidence, but maybe that's just me.