Video: Inside the leak of the Tsarnaev capture photos

posted at 11:01 am on April 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Tomorrow will mark one year since the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the end of a massive manhunt after the Boston Marathon bombing. His older brother had already been killed, but not before killing an MIT police officer, and the frantic search for the other terror suspect had put the city in lockdown for hours. When they finally drew the younger brother out of the boat, the bedraggled Tsarnaev looked like the farthest thing from a celebrity or rock star to Sean Murphy, the tactical photographer for the state troopers on hand to document the operation.

Not long afterward, Murphy was aghast to discover that Rolling Stone had put Tsarnaev on their cover, in a soft-focus and blow-dried image, a treatment that the magazine usually reserves for teeny-bopper idols. Murphy decided to release the photos of the captured Tsarnaev that he had taken to show people a clearer version of what the terrorist actually is — and it cost him his job. As Murphy told CBS This Morning, though, he has no regrets:

Sean Murphy will run in Monday’s marathon, the first since the bombing, representing the young boy killed by the Tsarnaevs. Too bad Rolling Stone didn’t put Martin Richard’s picture on the cover.

Update: Sgt. Murphy was a state trooper, not Boston PD, and the murdered officer a member of the MIT Police Department. I’ve corrected it above.

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Plus as an aside, lets say they didn’t do the search for him THEN. They waited for the multiple warrants, etc etc. If the aforementioned POS got away to conduct another attack, or worse would you be okay with that too?

BlaxPac on April 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Yay, the what-if game. Now who is monday morning quarterbacking?

Liberty requires some risk. Are your rights sacrosanct or just allowed when convenient for daddy gov? Are you a man or a mouse? What was their reasonable suspicion to pull hundreds of people out of their houses at gun point with armored humvee’s with machine guns on them? Someone saw him in the area? Go into a house?

oryguncon on April 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Never bought Rolling Stone, never read it, and I never intend to read it…… not fit for lining a bird cage.

ultracon on April 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Wouldn’t it be ironic that the same state that gave us all the lib judges and politicians through an uber liberal Ivy league school was able to enjoy the fruits of their labor by having some communist judge let this muslim freak off due to some technicality or the fact he was “disadvantaged”.

Instead, he’ll get the death penalty(that will take 30 years to implement) while the same sicko rapists, pedophiles, murderers and thugs get off with probation.

acyl72 on April 21, 2014 at 7:21 AM

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