I want to call your attention to Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police – though now he is now reportedly, relieved of duty, not yet fired, but ordered to not talk to reporters.
Sgt. Murphy was so upset with how Rolling Stone magazine glamorized Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev … that he released never before public pictures of Tsarnaev’s arrest.
In providing Boston Magazine with the pictures, Sgt. Murphy is quoted as saying: 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.
Amen! Amen! Amen!
So, now this officer who like other Americans was so angry with Rolling Stone … could now be punished for his bravery and exercising his First Amendment Rights.
True, his pictures are police property and could be used in a trial, but the pictures show the coward that took part in the bombing as he crawled from under a boat cover.
Tsarnaev … not so macho looking … not so “cover page” model as we saw on Rolling Stone.
I praise Sgt. Murphy and know many of you will … and we will closely monitor what happens to him for his courageous act.