New images of Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, have been released in response to the controversial Rolling Stone cover, which many people say glorifies the terror suspect.
The photos were published Thursday on Boston Magazine's website (see link below). According to the magazine, since the publication Sergeant Sean Murphy, the officer who took the photos, has been relived of his duties.
Murphy says he released the photos so people would know the terror of that day was real.
The photographs show a bloody 19-year-old Tsarnaev emerging from the boat where he was hiding, during an intense manhunt after the marathon bombings. In the photos blood is visible on Tsarnaev's hand and face, and the laser target from a sniper rifle shines squarely on his forehead. In one image, Tsarnaev is draped over the side of the boat.
The images are a sharp contrast to the photo on the cover of Rolling Stone, which critics say glamorizes the teen terror suspect. Sergeant Murphy says that exactly why he he gave the photos from the manhunt to Boston Magazine.
"The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine," said Murphy in Boston Magazine.
The magazine will put out a more complete collection of photos in its September issue.
According to Boston Magazine, Murphy has been temporarily relieved of duty, but not yet fired. He will have a hearing next week.