Boston Bomber: Massachusetts State Police Photographer Sean Murphy 'Relieved' Of Duty After Releasing Unseen Photos Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Manhunt

 @TreyeGreen t.green@ibtimes.com
on July 18 2013 9:46 PM
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    A sniper aims at the head of Tsarnaev. Sean Murphy
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    Tsarnaev's photo is passed out to troopers during their roll call. Sean Murphy
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Sgt. Sean Murphy -- the police photographer who released unseen photos from the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- has been relieved from his position with the Massachusetts State Police Thursday night. 

This comes after he released photos to Boston Magazine, showing never-before-seen photos from the manhunt and capture of Tsarnaev in Watertown, Mass., on April 19. 

Murphy had been enraged by the current Rolling Stone cover featuring Tsarnaev on rock star-like photo. In a statement to Boston Magazine, to which he gave the photos, he said he wanted people to see the images so that they "will know that this was real. It was as real as it gets."

He felt that Rolling Stone had glamorized the actions of the bombing suspect, disrespecting the families of the bombing victims. 

In a series of tweets Thursday night, Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson explained that Murphy had been "relieved" of duty and his gun, badge, computer "and more" had been taken from him. 

He added that Murphy will have a hearing regarding his duty next week and he "has Has been ordered not to talk to media or anyone else about events at Watertown."

Murphy was the sole photographer assigned to document the manhunt for the bombing suspect on the day of Tsarnaev's dramatic capture. The pictures were never made public before, and only a handful of individuals had seen them until Boston Magazine published them on Thursday.

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