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New PHOTOS of Boston bomber's last stand

July 19, 2013 16:35 IST

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A Massachusetts state police photographer has released never-before-seen photos of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev just before he was taken into custody.

The photographer made the move angered by Rolling Stone magazine’s latest cover featuring Tsarnaev.

The pictures taken by Sergeant Sean Murphy show a bruised Tsarneav emerging from the backyard boat he hid in after a confrontation with authorities. 

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Image: Video grab of the photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev released by Massachusetts state police photographer Sergeant Sean Murphy to the Boston Magazine


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According to CBS News, Dave Procopio, a state police spokesman, said that the agency did not approve Murphy to release the photos.

He said Murphy has been relieved of duty for one day and an internal investigation was being carried out against him. 

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Image: Tsarnaev's photo is passed out to troopers during their roll call
Photographs: Massachusetts State Police Facebook page

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Procopio also added that Murphy's duty status will be determined at a hearing next week.

According to Boston Magazine, Murphy was behind the scenes during the entire manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers. 

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Image: Federal, state and local officials strategise in mobile state police command post
Photographs: Massachusetts State Police Facebook page

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Murphy said he decided to release the pictures because he was enraged by the controversial cover in this month’s issue of Rolling Stone.

The cover photo that has drawn all the outrage shows a doe-eyed Tsarnaev with a mop of curly hair, in a hazy sepia tone. The accused terrorist has been given the “rock-star treatment” by the magazine, many have said.

He said that as a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, he believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has worn a uniform of any colour or any police organization or military branch. 

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Image: Law enforcement commanders brief Boston Mayor Thomas Menino outside the command post.
Photographs: Massachusetts State Police Facebook page

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Murphy said it was also an insult to the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty.

He said he hopes his photographs show ‘the real Boston Bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine,’ the report added. 

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Image: State troopers plan final assault on the boat where Tsarnev was hiding
Photographs: Massachusetts State Police Facebook page

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Rolling Stone magazine defended its story, releasing the following statement:

"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families.
The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."

"The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."


Image: Video grab of a photo of an injured Tsarnev collapsing on the boat


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Source: ANI