Cop disciplined for leaking Boston bomb pics

A sniper trains his sights on Tsarnaev
A sniper trains his sights on Tsarnaev
Tsarnaev emerges from the his hiding place
Tsarnaev emerges from the his hiding place
Tsarnaev surrenders after he was found by police
Tsarnaev surrenders after he was found by police
Police teams swoop on the suburban Boston house where the suspect was hiding.
Police teams swoop on the suburban Boston house where the suspect was hiding.
Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in the backyard
Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in the backyard
A sniper's view of the boat
A sniper's view of the boat

A US police photographer who released photos of the bloodied Boston Marathon bombing suspect during his capture has been placed on restricted duty.

Sergeant Sean Murphy said he leaked the photos of what he called "the face of terror" to Boston magazine last week to counter a glamorised image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Three of Murphy's 14 photos show a battered and blood-streaked Tsarnaev emerging from a boat in a backyard, the red dot of a sniper's laser sight trained on his head.

Murphy wasn't authorised to release the photos. He already served a one-day, unpaid suspension and has received another five-day unpaid suspension. Following a status hearing at state police headquarters overnight (NZ time), Murphy was placed on desk duty, where he won't have contact with the public, until an internal investigation is complete.

Colonel Timothy Alben, the commander of the state police, said more discipline is conceivable, but he ruled out the possibility that Murphy would be fired.

"I don't see Sergeant Murphy being terminated for this particular set of circumstances," he said.

After the hearing, Murphy declined to comment, except to say, "Life is good."

Murphy's 19-year-old son, Connor Murphy, said he couldn't be more proud of his father, praising him as a man of integrity and noting his father never tried to hide what he had done.

"If I could be one quarter of a man that he is now, I'll be more than happy with my life," he said.

Alben said the rules Murphy is accused of violating aim to ensure police don't leak information that could jeopardise investigations. But he added that discipline against Murphy in this case "doesn't mean we have any less empathy or concern or sympathy for people or families that lost loved ones or who were severely injured throughout that incident."

Alben also indicated strong support for Murphy within his agency, noting Murphy had a previously unblemished disciplinary record. He said Murphy was a conscientious man whom he believes was motivated to release the photos based on his own personal convictions.

"I don't think that should ever be misconstrued or misunderstood that this organisation, this Massachusetts State Police, is not made of 2100 people who might share similar feelings about that, including this colonel," he said,

The US attorney's office called the release of the photos "completely unacceptable," and some attorneys said the images and Murphy's comments could be used to argue government bias against Tsarnaev.

Others said it was important to show the real Tsarnaev after the flattering cover shot, which showed a brooding Tsarnaev in a pose that recalled the magazine's treatment of Jim Morrison.

Murphy has said in a statement to Boston magazine that the cover was an insult to police, military members and the families of anyone killed in the line of duty.

"This guy is evil," Murphy said. "This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

The cover photo was one Tsarnaev posted online himself and the magazine's accompanying headline described him as a "monster." Rolling Stone said the story was part of its "long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."

Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty in connection with the April 15 bombing that killed three and injured or maimed 260.

He's also accused of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer while on the run three days later.

Tsarnaev escaped from police following a shootout in the Boston suburb of Watertown that day, during which he ran over his brother and alleged co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. His brother died of injuries suffered during the confrontation.

Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
Boston Police officers on bikes patrol outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, where President Barack Obama was set to attend an interfaith memorial service.
Boston Police officers on bikes patrol outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, where President Barack Obama was set to attend an interfaith memorial service.
A running shoe hangs on a fence at a makeshift memorial for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
A running shoe hangs on a fence at a makeshift memorial for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Boston Marathon volunteers embrace as they wait for a memorial service to start at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Boston Marathon volunteers embrace as they wait for a memorial service to start at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
A Boston Red Sox cap sits at a makeshift memorial for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
A Boston Red Sox cap sits at a makeshift memorial for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Krystle Campbell, 29, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Krystle Campbell, 29, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Investigators survey the site of a bomb blast on Boylston St, Boston, a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon.
Investigators survey the site of a bomb blast on Boylston St, Boston, a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon.
Members of the Boston Marathon medical team embrace after treating victims of explosions.
Members of the Boston Marathon medical team embrace after treating victims of explosions.
Police officers and bomb-detecting dogs investigate after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Police officers and bomb-detecting dogs investigate after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
A child is comforted after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon.
A child is comforted after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon.
ANGUISH: A bomb blast victim is taken to hospital.
ANGUISH: A bomb blast victim is taken to hospital.
An injured child is carried away from the blasts.
An injured child is carried away from the blasts.
A handcuffed suspect is surrounded by police officers about a mile from the Boston Marathon finish line. Police are holding a person in custody  in relation to the attacks.
A handcuffed suspect is surrounded by police officers about a mile from the Boston Marathon finish line. Police are holding a person in custody in relation to the attacks.
A man cuddles an injured woman following the terror attack this morning.
A man cuddles an injured woman following the terror attack this morning.
Bystanders tend to an injured man following the Boston Marathon bombings.
Bystanders tend to an injured man following the Boston Marathon bombings.
Police and runners react to deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Police and runners react to deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Police and runners react following deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Police and runners react following deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
An injured woman is attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack.
An injured woman is attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack.
US President Barack Obama addresses America on the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
US President Barack Obama addresses America on the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
Blood can be seen on the footpaths as men in bomb-disposal suits investigate the site of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Blood can be seen on the footpaths as men in bomb-disposal suits investigate the site of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Injured people are attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Injured people are attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions.
A victim is attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.
A victim is attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.
An injured man stands at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions.
An injured man stands at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows an explosion at the Boston Marathon.
Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows an explosion at the Boston Marathon.
US President Barack Obama is briefed on the Boston Marathon bombings.
US President Barack Obama is briefed on the Boston Marathon bombings.
A Massachusetts state trooper stands guard at the scene after explosions hit the Boston Marathon.
A Massachusetts state trooper stands guard at the scene after explosions hit the Boston Marathon.
Racers and race officials look for loved ones after multiple explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Racers and race officials look for loved ones after multiple explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Police evacuate the scene after the explosions hit near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Police evacuate the scene after the explosions hit near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off.
A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off.
Medical responders run an injured man past the finish line the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion.
Medical responders run an injured man past the finish line the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The Massachusetts State Police released this image taken from a police helicopter as police surrounded the marathon bombing suspect.
The Massachusetts State Police released this image taken from a police helicopter as police surrounded the marathon bombing suspect.
The Massachusetts State Police released this image taken from a police helicopter as police surrounded the marathon bombing suspect.
The Massachusetts State Police released this image taken from a police helicopter as police surrounded the marathon bombing suspect.
This photo is allegedly of the suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev laying face up on the ground after his capture. International media are working on verifying the image.
This photo is allegedly of the suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev laying face up on the ground after his capture. International media are working on verifying the image.
Law enforcement officials depart the search area in Watertown for Dzhokar Tsarnaev after the stay at home alert has been lifted.
Law enforcement officials depart the search area in Watertown for Dzhokar Tsarnaev after the stay at home alert has been lifted.
Residents are asked to leave their home as SWAT teams conduct a house to house search for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the one remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Residents are asked to leave their home as SWAT teams conduct a house to house search for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the one remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
A girl looks out her window as law enforcement searches for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, Massachusetts.
A girl looks out her window as law enforcement searches for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, Massachusetts.
A photo from the profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev taken from social networking site VK.
A photo from the profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev taken from social networking site VK.
Anzor Tsarnaev, who calls himself father of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, gives an interview in Makhachkala in which he claims his sons have been framed.
Anzor Tsarnaev, who calls himself father of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, gives an interview in Makhachkala in which he claims his sons have been framed.
MIT Patrol Officer Sean A. Collier, 26, of Somerville, Massachusetts is pictured in this undated MIT handout photo. Collier was shot April 18, 2013 on the MIT campus following an altercation with the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, according to media reports. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
MIT Patrol Officer Sean A. Collier, 26, of Somerville, Massachusetts is pictured in this undated MIT handout photo. Collier was shot April 18, 2013 on the MIT campus following an altercation with the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, according to media reports. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) police officer Richard Donohue Jr., is shown in this handout photo provide by the MBTA April 19, 2013. Donahue was injured in a shootout late April 18, 2013 with Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) police officer Richard Donohue Jr., is shown in this handout photo provide by the MBTA April 19, 2013. Donahue was injured in a shootout late April 18, 2013 with Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
A member of the SWAT team trains a gun on an apartment building during a search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
A member of the SWAT team trains a gun on an apartment building during a search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.

A bomb technician walks away after preparing the controlled detonation of a suspicious object during a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
A bomb technician walks away after preparing the controlled detonation of a suspicious object during a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
Members of the SWAT team cover an apartment during the search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Members of the SWAT team cover an apartment during the search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
NEW IMAGE: Police have released this new photo showing the man believed to be a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, taken at a 7-Eleven store in Cambridge, just across the river from Boston.
NEW IMAGE: Police have released this new photo showing the man believed to be a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, taken at a 7-Eleven store in Cambridge, just across the river from Boston.
Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police Timothy Alben speaks to reporters about the status of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police Timothy Alben speaks to reporters about the status of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
A law enforcement vehicle carries a bomb disposal device through Watertown.
A law enforcement vehicle carries a bomb disposal device through Watertown.
Law enforcement officials during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon.
Law enforcement officials during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon.
Suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Law enforcement officers talk at the scene of a police manhunt in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Law enforcement officers talk at the scene of a police manhunt in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Heavy armed police officers arrive at the scene of a manhunt in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Heavy armed police officers arrive at the scene of a manhunt in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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