A Massachusetts State Police officer has released photos of the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev surrendering on the boat he was found in following a police shootout and a manhunt. The photos are never-seen-before images showing Dzhokhar bloody and battered as a sniper takes aim at his head.
Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the State Police in Massachusetts, handed over the images to Boston Magazine on Thursday. He was, like the rest of the country, furious over the Rolling Stone cover showing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looking like a rock star. He specifically told Boston Magazine, ‘he wanted to counter the message he says Rolling Stone conveys.’
The photos taken by Sgt. Sean Murphy show Dzhokhar emerging from the boat he was hiding in from authorities. He is seen in the photos raising his hands to surrender as a sniper aims at his forehead. Blood is pouring down his face as he leaves the boat. Sgt. Sean Murphy told Boston Magazine:
“As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has every worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty.”
Rolling Stone has continued to defend their cover saying that, “The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.” In the Boston Magazine article, it promised that a ‘more complete collection’ of photos will appear in their September issue.
As of Friday night, however, Sgt. Sean Murphy has allegedly been relieved of duty. He’s not yet fired, but he has been ordered not to speak to the media.
Do you think Sgt. Sean Murphy did the honorable thing by releasing those photos?