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Mass. Cops Fight Back Against Rolling Stone By Releasing Graphic New Photos Of ‘Real Boston Bomber’


For all the outrage being spewed over Rolling Stone’s rock star cover image of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one Massachusetts State Police photographer has decided to do something constructive with his anger. Sgt. Sean Murphy was so incensed by the cover that he decided to send never-before-seen photos he took of Tsarnaev on the night he was captured to Boston Magazine.

Murphy released the following statement explaining his decision:

“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. The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

I hope that the people who see these images will know that this was real. It was as real as it gets. This may have played out as a television show, but this was not a television show. Officer Dick Donohue almost gave his life. Officer Sean Collier did give his life. These were real people, with real lives, with real families. And to have this cover dropped into Boston was hurtful to their memories and their families. I know from first-hand conversations that this Rolling Stone cover has kept many of them up—again. It’s irritated the wounds that will never heal—again. There is nothing glamorous in bringing more pain to a grieving family.

Photography is very simple, it’s very basic. It brings us back to the cave. An image like this on the cover of Rolling Stone, we see it instantly as being wrong. What Rolling Stone did was wrong. This guy is evil. This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.”

View Sgt. Murphy’s photos of Tsarnaev below. More at BostonMagazine.com.

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