State Police sergeant who leaked Dzhokhar Tsarnaev capture photos to face hearing next week

A State Police sergeant who released photos of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without authorization will face a hearing next week to determine his employment status, State Police said Friday.

In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead, raises his hand from inside a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy)
Tsarnaev was seen coming out of the boat on the evening of the manhunt. (Sgt. Sean P. Murphy/Massachusetts State Police)

Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer who took the dramatic pictures of Tsarnaev’s capture in Watertown on April 19, was relieved of duty Thursday after releasing the images to Boston magazine.

Murphy leaked the photos because he was angry over the depiction of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, calling it an “insult to any person who has ever worn a uniform of any color.”

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Murphy’s photos first appeared online Thursday afternoon on Boston magazine’s website.

The status hearing will determine whether Murphy, a 25-year veteran of the force, will return to full duty, restricted duty, or be suspended, a State Police spokesman said.

Federal prosecutors handling the case called the leak “completely unacceptable.”

The State Police Association of Massachusetts, the union that represents Murphy, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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