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So I’ve learned that Sgt. Sean Murphy has been put on restrictive duty while the investigation is underway. I would like to wish Sgt. Sean Murphy as he is investigated for releasing pictures of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture  in Charlestown. The crime scene photographer for the Massachusetts State Troopers did this in anger after seeing the cover that The Rolling Stone magazine decided to use of Tsarnaev on the cover of their August issue. Many of us, including myself, are upset by the Magazines decision to use such an innocent looking picture of Tsarnaev instead of the criminal that he is. Many of us lost something the day the bombing occurred. Some lost more than others. Things will never be the same, but we must move on. Moving on is hard to do when people make poor choices of how depict the criminals of the world. It’s like a box of salt being poured on the wounds of each injured person when they see the picture on the cover of The Rolling Stone. It’s my hope that who ever is deciding the fate of Sgt. Sean Murphy puts themselves in his shoes and those of all those victimized by a terrorist. Murphy’s action did not draw blood, they did not cause any bodily harm or destruction of property, nor did it take away anyone’s ability to feel safe. I hope that despite his not obtaining permission to release the photos that Sgt. Sean Murphy is able to keep his job. I support you Sgt. Sean Murphy!


Do you think it was wrong for State Trooper, photographer, Sgt. Sean Murphy to release pictures of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without the permission? I completely understand his anger and frustration. I felt it, and I still feel it. I too agree that people need to see Tsarnaev as depicted in Sgt. Murphy’s photos and not as a teen hearthrob. It would have been appropriate if he was wearing an orange jumpsuit. It needs to be more than clear to the readers of The Rolling Stone Magazine who and exactly what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is and that is a terrorist, a murderer, and a criminal.


Growing up I remember listening to the song “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone” sung by Dr. Hook (http://youtu.be/npxRpGguGGI). I always expected and eagerly awaited the next months photo featuring the newest band. Historically, the cover always shared  the great many singers, movie stars and other entertainment celebrities featured. Charles Manson made the cover and it was a blow to everyone, but it was the first and only time it happened until the information got out that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was to be on the August cover of The Rolling Stone. It’s ok to want to write about him and what he did, because his actions affected the lives of so many innocent unsuspecting people. His deliberate and heinous acts changed the lives of many forever. However, there is no reason to depict him as some young handsome heartthrob as if he’s just like any other young person out there. The last thing I plan to buy in August is a copy of Te Rolling Stone magazine. Next time maybe they will consider featuring some of the many victims instead if the terrorist. We all have lessons to learn. Hopefully The Rolling Stone Magazine will learn that not everything is about the amount of money you think you might make, because in e end, I think people would pay you just to take it off the issue off the shelves.