BOSTON -- A police photographer furious with a Rolling Stone magazine cover photo he believes glamorizes the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect released gritty images Thursday from the day he was captured.
Photos released to Boston Magazine by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy show a downcast, disheveled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight boring into his forehead as he was captured April 19, bleeding and hiding in a dry-docked boat.
Murphy said in a 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 glamorizing the "face of terror."
The April 15 bombing killed three people and injured more than 260.
Rolling Stone said the Tsarnaev story was part of its "long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."
State Police spokesman David Procopio said yesterday that the agency did not authorize Murphy's release of the photos. Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson later tweeted that Murphy was "relieved of duty" and had a hearing next week. -- AP