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Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Hero photographer, or sloppy cop?

Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Sean Murphy doesn’t deserve public adoration for slipping unauthorized photos of Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Boston Magazine. Murphy let his emotions get the better of him. And the last thing the public should be applauding is a police officer who allows his anger to trump his professional judgment and training.

Murphy, who shoots photos for the department’s Office of Media Relations, was taking aim at a recent cover of Rolling Stone that featured a floppy-haired Tsarnaev looking for all the world like a member of an alternative rock band. Murphy blasted the magazine for “glamorizing the face of terror.’’ Then he countered with a photo of his own depicting a bloodied and bowed Tsarnaev leaning over a boat at the time of his capture by police in Watertown.

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