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Police Photographer Leaks Boston Bombing Suspect Photos

Tsarnaev emerges from the boat.
Tsarnaev emerges from the boat.
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A U.S. police photographer has released pictures of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, taken the night the suspect was captured.

Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Sean Murphy said Thursday he released the photographs to counter what he called the "fluffed and buffed" image of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone, a U.S.-based magazine.

Murphy said Tsarnaev is "evil" and the Rolling Stone photos glamorized what he called the "face of terror."

The photographs, released to Boston Magazine, show a bloody, disheveled Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead.

A sniper trains his bead on Tsarnaev.
A sniper trains his bead on Tsarnaev.
A Massachusetts State Police spokesman said his agency did not authorize the release of the pictures. Boston Magazine says Murphy has been "relieved of his duty" with a review of his status to take place next week.

In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of "Rolling Stone."
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In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of
In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of "Rolling Stone."
Rolling Stone is under fire for using a cover photo of a youthful Tsarnaev with soft eyes and long, flowing curly hair to promote its in-depth story on Tsarnaev's life leading up to the April 15 attacks. The picture was instantly compared to similar portraits of legendary rock stars Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison.

Thousands of people went on Facebook and Twitter to condemn the magazine, with many vowing to never buy another issue. A handful of retailers, including two national drug chain stores, have refused to sell the issue.

The magazine issued a statement late Wednesday defending its decision to use the photo, saying it falls within the magazine's commitment to "serious and thoughtful coverage" of the world's biggest "political and cultural issues of the day."

The issue officially goes on sale Friday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan are accused of plotting the attack on the famous race that killed three people and left more than 260 others wounded, many of them losing legs and other limbs from the shrapnel caused by the homemade bombs. The younger Tsarnaev was wounded in a shootout with police that left Tamerlan dead, and was captured a day later.

The pair are also accused in the shooting death of a police officer with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology .

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by: vince from: usa
July 20, 2013 6:21 PM
were is the throat wound he was now i thought he they said he tried to kill himself by putting a gun against his throat

by: Chuck from: Toronto
July 19, 2013 1:37 PM
Upon veiwing the leaked photo's, I believe the Police used an extraordinary amount of restraint when dealing with this murderous thug. Pulling the trigger would have been the easiest thing to do, once the laser sight was set.

by: Cindy
July 19, 2013 10:04 AM
He's not "fluffed and buffed" in these pictures because he's been framed, hunted, shot, witnessed his brothers death and has been forced to run to escape the police and government agencies who set him up.
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by: Laura from: Boston
July 23, 2013 2:39 PM
Technically, HE is the one that killed his brother, by running over him with the get-away vehicle. Now that's what I call poetic justice.
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by: Joe from: Penryn
July 19, 2013 4:29 PM
Cindy,

Don't be influenced by the fact that he's pleased not guilty. He's admitted to the killings, but he will say he is not guilty of terrorism, but that his killings were retaliations in a war against Islam. Sorry, but he's guilty of the killings, and these were cowardly acts of terrorism.
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by: Heather from: Washington, DC
July 19, 2013 10:47 AM
Cindy, that is utterly ridiculous. Foolish, foolish woman...
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by: Willard from: San Francisco
July 19, 2013 10:46 AM
Wow, you're just as delusional as his mother.

by: Ashley
July 19, 2013 9:26 AM
Police stated that tsarnaev would not comply and lift his shirt showing he did not have a bomb strapped to his chest when coming out of the boat. However look at the photo above. Yet another hole in the Law Enforcements story. Innocent until proven guilty.
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by: Bill from: Boston
July 19, 2013 10:29 AM
They said "at first" he did not comply. Some key information there you withheld.

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