Rolling Stone magazine has stirred an entirely predictable brouhaha with a cover featuring accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
While many feel the cover gives Tsarnaev the rock star treatment, recklessly glamorizing his actions, the story has been defended for tracing the youth's descent into terrorist violence.
Massachusetts State Police photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy, for one, thinks it's a disgrace. As a tactical photographer he has covered numerous officer funerals and feels Rolling Stone was out of line for putting Tsarnaev on the cover.
Murphy also works as a liaison to the families of officers lost in the line of duty. In response, he released to Boston magazine his photos from the day Tsarnaev was captured, March 19.
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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, and only a handful of individuals have seen them until now.
Murphy says his goal in sharing them is to let people see "the real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.”
In a statement, Murphy says he isn't speaking for the entire Massachusetts State Police, only for himself, and hopes that "those people who see these images will know that this was real. It was as real as it gets."
"This may have played out as a television show, but this was not a television show. Officer Dick Donohue almost gave his life. Officer Sean Collier did give his life. These were real people, with real lives, with real families. And to have this cover dropped into Boston was hurtful to their memories and their families. I know from first-hand conversations that this Rolling Stone cover has kept many of them up — again. It’s irritated the wounds that will never heal — again. There is nothing glamorous in bringing more pain to a grieving family."
View Sean Murphy's photos first published by Boston magazine below: