Boston magazine today unveiled the full stash of photos given to them by Sean Murphy, a tactical officer for the Massachusetts State Police. The images document key moments in the hunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The last batch, released in July, focused on the moment Tsarnaev was captured by teams of state and city police officers in Waterford, Massachusetts. The pictures released today are brand new, and shine a bigger light on the moments before Tsarnaev's arrest and even the work done by law enforcement teams leading the manhunt. This photo leads to a set depicting the moment Tsarnaev revealed himself, collapsed, and was subsequently surrounded by police officers:
This dramatic shot shows tactical squads closing in on the boat where Tsarnaev was hiding:
Thought obtained by Boston magazine some time ago, the new images were held from publication so that they could be featured in the magazine's September issue. Others are only available online, though it's not clear which ones. Either way: they provide a dramatic, almost cinematic portrayal of one of the most tense days in the state's long and storied history.
Back in July, sergeant Sean Murphy explained that Tsarnaev's appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone sickened him so much that he was prompted to release the images:
As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has every worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty. 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, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
But what he did was also against the rules, and he's since paid the price for his actions. He was suspended for a day and has been placed on desk duty for the foreseeable future.
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