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Police photographer releases graphic photos of Boston bombing suspect

A Massachusetts State Police sergeant was relieved of his duties Thursday after supplying Boston Magazine with graphic images from the capture of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the magazine's editor said.

Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer, documented the dramatic manhunt for Tsarnaev, 19, four days after the bombs exploded, killing three and wounding more than 260, near the finish line of the marathon April 15. Tsarnaev's older brother and fellow suspect in the bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died after a shootout with the police.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was eventually captured hiding in a boat after the city of Boston was effectively shut down by state and local police officials. He pleaded not guilty this month to criminal counts related to the bombing.

Murphy told the magazine that he decided to release his images - which show a bloodied and surrendering Tsarnaev - after being angered by this month's cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which featured a softer portrait of the alleged bomber.

In a statement he accused Rolling Stone of "glamorizing the face of terror" and providing an incentive to others who might seek fame through similar acts.

"This is the real Boston bomber," he said of the Tsarnaev depicted in his images. "Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

In a series of messages posted to Twitter late Thursday night, the editor of Boston Magazine, John Wolfson, said that Murphy had been "relieved of duty" and that his gun, badge and computer were taken. He had not been fired, Wolfson said, but will face a hearing next week.

Massachusetts State Police did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment Thursday night.

Police photographer releases graphic photos of Boston bombing suspect 07/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 11:34am]
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