Massachusetts State Police sergeant faces hearing after releasing photo of bombing suspect

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy

In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev raises his hand from a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass.

BOSTON — A state police sergeant who released striking photos of the capture of the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings faces a hearing to determine if he will be suspended until an internal investigation is complete.

Rolling Stone Boston Marathon Bombing
AP Photo/Wenner Media

In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013, issue of "Rolling Stone."

Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said the agency didn't authorize Sgt. Sean Murphy to release the photos to Boston Magazine and won't release them to other media.

Murphy told Boston Magazine he released the photos because he was furious over a Rolling Stone cover photo he believes glamorizes suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He said his photos show "the real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine." The music magazine hits the shelves this week, and some retailers have said they won't sell it.

Procopio said Friday that Murphy has been relieved of duty for one day and there will be a hearing to decide if he will be suspended until the internal investigation is complete. He did not say when the hearing will be.

Murphy has not returned calls from The Associated Press. No one answered the door Friday at the blue cottage along the coast in Biddeford, Maine, where neighbors said he spends weekends. Someone started a "Save Sgt. Sean Murphy" Facebook page that had 186 likes as of Friday morning.

Gov. Deval Patrick appeared reticent on the issue Friday as he walked quickly back to his office after an event in the Statehouse.

"Talk to the state police, they violated the rules when they did it," he said in response to a question from a reporter.

Asked if he was concerned the release of the photos would compromise the investigation of Tsarnaev, Patrick again referred questions to the state police.

An aide to the governor later said Patrick was only referring to the individual officer who released the photos, not any other members of the state police.

AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy

In this Friday, April 19, 2013, Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his head, emerges from a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass.

AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy

In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on the top of his head, leans over a part of a boat where he had been hiding moments before his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy)

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Youi're missing the point, folks...

He's not in trouble just because he showed pics of the guy at arrest. He is in trouble for releasing evidence without the permission of his superiors. In other words, insubordination. It's that simple.

Personally, his reason for sending the pics is bogus. RS wasn't glamming him up. In fact that was a "selfie" (taken, I believe, right before the bombing, and posted online) that several other new organizations have already published, so this is nothing new. I guess it's because RS is not seen as a "legitimate" news magazine (hell, I didn't even know they were still publishing) that they MUST be somehow elevating him to "rock star" status. Let's just ignore the text overlaying the picture, touting the article that discusses how he became a "monster" because, well, they must mean "monster hit with the ladies", right? Because its Rolling freaking Stone! Hey, wasn't Charles Manson on their cover one?

Really, pic and text are more chilling than glorifying. This is the face of a monster, it's saying. People don't want to be reminded that this is what the monsters among us really look like. They don't always look dirty or bloody or deformed or angry. They don't always look like Saddam Hussein fresh from the spider hole. Often they look as innocent and, according to his new clueless fanbase, cute, as this deluded young man. And that, frankly, is just too scary for some to consider.

ERNEST LABBE's picture

Wait a damm minute

Wait a damm minute. A few weeks ago a n innocent women had a good portion of her face shot off by her boy friend. The front page picture of the lady being loaded into the back fully showing her face and the pain she was in. That was alright vidently. Some no good SOB bombs a bunch of people and the person that released the picture is in trouble. Only in the new America.

Difference being, Ernest...

Those pics were officially released by the police. These were not.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Ernest ? Q: " Only in the

Ernest ? Q: " Only in the new America ? " A: No . Rolling Stone ® - a l w a y s - posts pictures like that
Only in Russia , China , Yemen , any given Kingdom , the Peoples' Republic of Taxachusetts , Mr. Snowden . :D
The more pertinent questions are , " Was the photograph ' Classified ' by n e one n e where at n e time ? "
" T S , Eyes Only , L O U , Restricted , Burn Bag , HUMINT , Mr Bolger ? "
Those are the questions that need to be addressed , Commonwealth of Massachusetts
hth ? , Steve ?

State Police Sgt...

No the Mass. State Police Sgt. should not be suspended...He should be praised...

Steve  Dosh's picture

Right, Brenda , " Home of

Right, Brenda , " Home of the free AND the brave ." <3 this place. . /s Steve :D

Brian Allen Small's picture

Heaven Forbid

Heaven forbid a picture of a bomb toting terrorist appear in the news! Whats next should we apologize and give them free benefits?!

No wait that has already been done

More Hope and Change we do not need

Steve  Dosh's picture

Brian ? We need fewer

Brian ? We need fewer cynical and sarcastic folk , also :D
Let's hear it for even more peace , hope , love & understanding and positive changes we all do believe in and rely upon
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/19/president-obama-trayvon-martin...
/s Dr. Dosh, HI !

Jason Theriault's picture

Somthing that made me smile

Notice in every picture, there's a bright red dot on his head. There was a sniper on the other end waiting to turn him off like a light.

Made me smile.

RONALD RIML's picture

You mean that wasn't the 'Fiery Tongue' of the Holy Ghost???

Jeez, my 4th Grade Catechism teacher, Sister "What's Her Name" - was Shidtin' Me......

ERNEST LABBE's picture

The cop

The cop should have fired at the dot. Think of all the money the state of Mass would have saved.

RONALD RIML's picture

Not with the Lawsuit, Ernie.....

Did your mother drop you on your head????

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