- The Washington Times - Friday, July 19, 2013

A Massachusetts State Police trooper furious about Rolling Stone magazine’s rock-star portrayal of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev released his own photos showing the alleged terrorist’s capture — and was promptly suspended.

Sgt. Sean Murphy provided photos to Boston Magazine on Thursday, to show what he characterized as the suspect’s more genuine personality — evil — rather than the celebrity shot published on Rolling Stone’s cover, Fox News reported.

Just a few hours later, Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson tweeted that the officer had been relieved of duty.


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Sgt. Sean Murphy relieved of duty. Post coming shortly,” he tweeted.

The Huffington Post reported that Sgt. Murphy’s been relieved of duty — not fired. But he’s also been ordered to keep away from the media.

Sgt. Murphy confirmed on CNN late Thursday evening that he’s on leave and has a hearing scheduled with police administrators next week.

This was Sgt. Murphy’s statement, after the Rolling Stone cover of Tsarnaev went public, the Huffington Post reported: “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 ever 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.”