Bos­ton bomb­ing sus­pect pics land cop in hot wa­ter

Anger about Rolling Stone cover leads to sus­pen­sion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

BOS­TON: A po­lice pho­tog­ra­pher, furious about a Rolling Stone mag­a­zine cover photo he said glam­or­ises the sur­viv­ing Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect, re­leased gritty im­ages from the night Dzhokhar Tsar­naev was cap­tured – and then was re­lieved of his du­ties.

The pho­tos re­leased to Bos­ton Mag­a­zine by Mas­sachusetts State Po­lice tac­ti­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Sergeant Sean Mur­phy show a bloody, di­shev­elled Tsar­naev with the red dot of a sniper’s ri­fle laser sight on his fore­head.

Mur­phy said in a state­ment to the mag­a­zine that Tsar­naev was evil and his pho­tos showed the “real Bos­ton bomber, not some­one fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone mag­a­zine”.

The mu­sic mag­a­zine hit the shelves this week, and some retailers have said they won’t sell it.

The newly re­leased pho­tos were taken when Tsar­naev was cap­tured on April 19, bleed­ing and hid­ing in a boat in a sub­ur­ban back­yard.

The April 15 bomb­ing near the fin­ish line of the most fa­mous marathon in the US killed three peo­ple and in­jured more than 260. A po­lice of­fi­cer was al­legedly killed on April 18 by Tsar­naev and his brother, Tamer­lan, who died fol­low­ing a shoot-out with po­lice later that evening.

Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, an eth­nic Chechen who came to the US as a child, pleaded not guilty last week while ap­pear­ing non­cha­lant, though his face was swollen and his arm was in a cast.

State po­lice spokesman David Pro­co­pio said in a state­ment that the agency did not au­tho­rise the re­lease of the pho­tos to Bos­ton Mag­a­zine and would not re­lease them to other me­dia.

“The state po­lice will have no fur­ther comment on this mat­ter,” he added.

Bos­ton Mag­a­zine

printed more than a dozen pho­tos from the day Tsar­naev was cap­tured.

Three of the im­ages show Tsar­naev as he emerged from the boat, head bowed, with red smudges and streaks on his cloth­ing and the boat.

Two im­ages show the red dot of the laser sight in the mid­dle of his fore­head and just above his left eye. The oth­ers show the dot on the top of his head as he buries his face in his arms.

Bos­ton Mag­a­zine edi­tor John Wolf­son later tweeted and re­ported on the mag­a­zine’s web­site that Mur­phy was “re­lieved of duty” and had a hear­ing next week. Asked about Mur­phy’s job sta­tus, Pro­co­pio said in an e-mail that state po­lice would con­duct an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mur­phy’s re­lease of the pho­tos.

Mur­phy, who did not re­turn a mes­sage, said in his state­ment to Bos­ton Mag­a­zine that Rolling Stone’s cover photo, a softly lit im­age of a brood­ing Tsar­naev, in­sults of­fi­cers killed in the line of duty, their col­leagues and their fam­i­lies by glam­or­is­ing the “face of ter­ror”.

“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,” he said.

Rolling Stone has said the cover story on Tsar­naev was part of its “long- stand­ing com­mit­ment to se­ri­ous and thoughtful cov­er­age of the most im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural is­sues of our day”.

In his state­ment, Mur­phy said the cap­ture of Tsar­naev played out like a tele­vi­sion show, but he hoped his pho­tos showed it was “as real as it gets”.

“Th­ese were real peo­ple, with real lives, with real fam­i­lies,” Mur­phy said. “And to have this cover dropped into Bos­ton was hurt­ful to their mem­o­ries and their fam­i­lies. There is noth­ing glamorous in bring­ing more pain to a griev­ing fam­ily.” – Sapa-AP

PIC­TURE: AP

GLAM­OR­ISED? Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect Dzhokhar Tsar­naev on the cover of Rolling Stone.

GRITTY: Blood­ied and bruised at the mo­ment of sur­ren­der, Dzhokhar Tsar­naev climbs from the boat where he hid for hours as a sniper aims at his head

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