July 19th, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Officer Leaks Graphic Images of Boston Bombing Suspect

One day after Rolling Stone's controversial magazine cover depicting a young, innocent-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sparked outrage, a police photographer has leaked shocking new images of the alleged Boston marathon bomber.

These photos show Tsnarnaev bloodied and bruised  in the moments before he was captured. They stand in stark contrast to Rolling Stone's August cover photo, that many say 'glamorize's the suspect and makes him look like a rock star.

The police officer that released the photos say these images show "the real Boston bomber," and he's now in trouble.

Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Sean Murphy says the reason why he  released these new photographs to Boston Magazine because was so angry with Rolling Stone's cover, CNN’s Jason Carroll reports.

The police tactical photographer told the magazine, "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."

Boston Magazine's editor, John Wolfson, “told CNN that Murphy thought the cover sent the wrong message,” Carroll reports.

“I think he was genuinely worried about the impact on the families of the victims and I think he was also worried that certain impressionable people might be lured to replicate that by the kind of glamorous-looking photo that is on the Rolling Stone cover,” Wolfson says.

Apparently Murphy did not want Rolling Stone to have the last say, so he decided to release the new photos himself, Carroll reports.

“A police spokesperson said in a statement that the release of the photos were not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police. Murphy was suspended for a day, and faces a hearing next week where to determine his status.”

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  1. r robison

    I cancelled my subscription to Rolling Stone and encourage other to do too. I have nothing against the story or it's publication, but to put that man on the front cover cover is foolish and shameful. My friends and family in Boston deserve better from the editors of this publication. I will take my $36 refund and donate it to the victim's fund. What were they thinking???

    July 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  2. EDDIE

    "Rolling Stone" stooping down so low "to make a buck" at the expense of those who lost family or were maimed as a result of this "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev" person is a shock. Their editorial dept. appears to have a complete lack of social conscience. Americans, as a whole, should send a "crystal clear" message to this publication for its actions in regarding this bomber as some kind of "media celebrity".

    July 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  3. Draeggo

    I can easily understand why he released the photos. Not saying he should of... but understandable to a large degree.

    July 20, 2013 at 2:14 am | Reply

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