Policeman Leaks Graphic Boston Bomber Photos To Counter Rolling Stone's Cover

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Photos Serve As Anti-Rolling Stone's Cover

  • 07/19/2013 02:37 PM EDT U.S.

The cover of Rolling Stone's August issue has caused waves of controversy for the debatably glamorous depiction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused bomber from the Boston Marathon earlier this year. One Massachusetts police photographer, Sean Murphy, responded on Thursday by releasing harsher images to Boston Magazine from the day Tsarnaev was captured.

Murphy was taking pictures on the day of the manhunt to find Tsarnaev and was even on site when he was discovered hiding in a boat in Watertown, MA. His point in releasing the photos, Murphy says, is to show the true face of terrorism instead of an idealized magazine cover photo.

"The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty," he said, "it could also be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

The state policeman added that officers he knows personally felt that the cover "irritated the wounds that will never heal." Murphy has since been relieved of duty as punishment.

Rolling Stone has defended their cover saying that it "falls within the traditions of journalism" and is not meant to glorify the bomber or his actions.

An editors note said: "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..."