The Associated Press

Photographer Who Leaked Bombing Suspect Capture Retires

Alleged marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerges from a boat during his capture. (Courtesy Sgt. Sean Murphy, via Boston Magazine)

Alleged marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerges from a boat during his capture. (Courtesy Sgt. Sean Murphy, via Boston Magazine)

BOSTON — A Massachusetts state police photographer who leaked dramatic capture photos of the bloodied Boston Marathon bombing suspect has retired days after he was disciplined for his actions.

Sgt. Sean Murphy released photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Boston Magazine, which reported his retirement Tuesday. Murphy had said he was hoping to counter a Rolling Stone magazine cover shot of Tsarnaev he said glamorized the terror suspect.

State Police spokesman David Procopio said Tuesday that Murphy retired Nov. 1, days after internal charges against him were upheld. Those included unauthorized dissemination of information, insubordination, unsatisfactory performance and violation of departmental rules and regulation.

Murphy’s attorney Leonard Kesten says he “decided to move on to a different chapter” of his life after 25 years with the police force.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on wbur.org.
  • Michael McDermott

    What he did was obstruction of justice

    • Benjamin Greenberg

      in what way?

      • Michael McDermott

        He hindered prosecution, rather, by posting those pictures that drastically reduced the possibility of getting a fair and impartial jury. Typical dumb cop living above the Law.

        • Benjamin Greenberg

          I disagree, these photos were not altered in anyway, and should have been released anyway for the public to see. How is this not freedom of press; regardless of whether it was against orders to release them. By censoring/or limiting what is released to the public, you would also reduce the possibility of getting a fair and impartial jury.

          And I don’t think he was living above the law, he was disciplined, and then quit/retired. How exactly do you discipline someone for releasing photos?

          • Michael McDermott

            Freedom of the press does not protect members of law enforcement community from disseminating information that does not belong to them

          • Michael McDermott

            Despite how I feel about this individual, I served in the military so that everybody has the constitutional right to a fair and impartial trial by a jury of their peers.

Most Popular