Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's 'Rolling Stone' Cover Prompts Unseen Photographs
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is yet to go on trial for the Boston Bombings.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, features on the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The decision has been heavily criticised, with many commentators suggesting it depicts Tsarnev has a rock 'n roll outlaw, rather than a terrorist suspected of killing four people and seriously wounding hundreds of others.
Now, Sgt Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer who worked with the Massachusetts State Police on the manhunt for Tsarnaev has released previously unseen photographs of the mission to convey his fury at the music magazine.
The photographs show Tsarnaev defeated and barely alive as he steps of the boat he was hiding in. One haunting image show the red dots of a sniper rifle on his forehead.
"As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has every worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty," he told the 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."
Murphy says he hopes people seeing the images will "know that this was real," adding, "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."
Pink, and the band Dropkick Murphys were just two high profile acts to condemn Rolling Stone's editorial decision.
Here's Pink Asking Rolling Stone magazine, "What the hell!?"