Post by Police Moderator on Jul 21, 2013 5:40:55 GMT -5
Public outcry after Mass. cop suspended for releasing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrest photos By LAURA ITALIANO
Massachusetts State Police officials have taken away the gun and badge of the gutsy veteran officer who released arrest photographs of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a move that has his fellow hero cops fearful that he may lose his job.
Sgt. Sean Murphy was relieved of duty within hours of releasing the photos, which show a bloody Tsarnaev crawling out from his hiding spot under the tarp of a boat in a Boston-area back yard.
The gritty shots offer a necessary rebuttal to the matinee-idol image of Tsarnaev on the current cover of Rolling Stone, Murphy had explained.
“That cover shocked us, too, to tell you the truth,” said Sgt. John MacLellan, one of the Watertown police officers who had joined in subduing Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, during an April 19 bomb and bullet firefight.