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Police photographer Sgt Sean Murphy has leaked images of Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his capture in anger at the picture used by Rolling Stone magazine for its next cover.
Sean Murphy said his photos showed “the real bomber” – the magazine cover was “hurtful” to the victims’ memories and their families.
Sgt Sean Murphy has leaked images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his capture in anger at the picture used by Rolling Stone magazine for its next cover
The images, given to Boston Magazine, show Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the red dot of a laser sight of a sniper rifle on his face.
The Boston Marathon bombings killed three people.
More than 260 were injured in the two explosions at the marathon finish line on April 15.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is also accused of the murder of a fourth person, a university police officer, who was allegedly shot dead by him and his brother Tamerlan in the days after the attack.
A spokesman for state police said the release of the photos had not been authorized, and they would not be given to other news media.
The spokesman also said Sgt Sean Murphy, a police photographer, was subject to an internal investigation.
A tweet from the author of the Boston Magazine article said Sgt Sean Murphy had been “relieved of duty”.
The police photographer told the magazine he released the contrasting images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a response to the Rolling Stone cover.
The latest pictures show the “real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine”, Sgt Sean Murphy said.
“These were real people, with real lives, with real families,” he said in a statement.
“And to have this cover dropped into Boston was hurtful to their memories and their families.”
The pictures were taken when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wounded after a gunfight with police, was found hiding in a dry-docked boat in a residential garden.
On Wednesday, Rolling Stone defended its decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, saying it was committed to serious, thoughtful coverage.
But two Massachusetts-based convenience store chains, Rockland and Tedeschi Food Shops, and national pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens, said they would not stock the edition.
An outpouring of angry comments appeared on social media networks saying the magazine cover was tasteless.
The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine cover featuring Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has caused outrage online.
Thousands of people posted on social media networks calling it “tasteless” and “disgusting”.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection to the bombings in April, is profiled in the forthcoming issue.
The image, which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted online himself, has also featured on the front page of the New York Times.
“What a disgrace, trying to make [Dzhokhar Tsarnaev] look like a rock star. Horrible,” Steve Simon posted on Rolling Stone‘s Facebook page, where more than 5,400 people have commented in the 12 hours since the cover was revealed online.
Rolling Stone magazine cover featuring Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has caused outrage online
On Twitter people said the picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looked similar to an old cover featuring singer Jim Morrison of The Doors.
Singer Pink re-tweeted a message by radio presenter Ted Stryker who wrote: “Horrible, classless, stupid choice Rolling Stone. It’s not smart or edgy. Very disappointed.”
Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys, who recently donated $300,000 to victims of the bombings, also expressed their anger.
“Rolling Stone you should be ashamed,” the band tweeted.
“How about one of the courageous victims on your cover instead of this loser scum bag!”
Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone‘s contributing editor, spent two months interviewing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends and family as the basis of the article.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, faces 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction in the two 15 April blasts that killed three, including an eight-year-old boy.
More than 260 people were injured at the Boston Marathon when two pressure cooker bombs packed with nails, ball bearings and other shrapnel were detonated at the finish line.
It was the worst mass-casualty attack on US soil since 9/11.
Prosecutors could press for the death penalty for 17 counts.
Serena Williams has apologized after reportedly appearing to criticize the victim in high-profile Steubenville rape case.
Rolling Stone magazine quoted world tennis number one Serena Williams as saying the teenager in the Steubenville, Ohio, case “shouldn’t have put herself in that position”.
Serena Williams has now released a statement on her website saying she was “deeply sorry for what was written”.
In March, two high school footballers were convicted of the Ohio rape.
The case, involving a 16-year-old girl, fiercely divided the small town, attracting nationwide media attention.
In an interview posted on Rolling Stone‘s website on Tuesday, Serena Williams was quoted as saying: “I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you – don’t take drinks from other people.
“She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky.”
Serena Williams has apologized after reportedly appearing to criticize the victim in high-profile Steubenville rape case
According to Rolling Stone, Serena Williams added that the girl “shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different”.
While not denying she made the statements, Serena Williams appeared on Wednesday to cast doubt on their accuracy.
Serena Williams said in a statement on her website: “What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only 16, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused.
“I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.
“I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent 16-year-old child.”
Serena Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, is preparing to defend her title at Wimbledon next week.
War correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age 33, his employer, news website BuzzFeed, has confirmed.
The journalist’s vehicle hit a tree and caught fire on Tuesday morning, US media report.
Michael Hastings was best known for his award-winning profile in Rolling Stone magazine of ex-US Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal.
General Stanley McChrystal was dismissed after he openly criticized President Barack Obama in the story.
The military leader later quipped about the incident, telling military staff during his Pentagon farewell address: “I have stories on all of you, photos of many, and I know a Rolling Stone reporter.”
The accident which killed Michael Hastings is thought to have occurred on Highland Avenue in the Hancock Park neighborhood.
War correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age 33
Authorities confirmed a man had been killed in a car crash there on Tuesday morning, but would not confirm his identity.
BuzzFeed‘s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, said he had learnt the news from a family member.
“We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone,” Ben Smith said.
“Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians.”
At the time of his death, Michael Hastings was also still a contributing editor at Rolling Stone.
“I’m sad that I’ll never get to publish all the great stories that he was going to write, and sad that he won’t be stopping by my office for any more short visits which would stretch for two or three completely engrossing hours,” the magazine’s managing editor Will Dana said.
Michael Hastings began his career at Newsweek magazine in 2002, and was named the publication’s Baghdad correspondent in 2005.
Michael Hastings’ work has also appeared in The Washington Post, the LA Times and numerous publications.