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Well police officer says he released photo showing the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect because he was outraged over the controversial Rolling Stone cover.
But now that Massachusetts state police sergeant could face some very severe punishments from his own force.
Here are those pictures which first appeared publicly on the Boston magazine website.
You can see the suspect Joseph cars are -- have his face covered in blood as he emerges from the boat where he hit now apparently exhausted after days of running from the law.
And putting Boston Watertown and others suburbs on edge this photo appears to show a sniper's laser site aimed at his head.
The family that owns the boat tells Fox News law enforcement had ordered them to leave their home as swat teams closed -- so they say they.
Never really saw the police photographer Sargent Sean Murphy.
He tells Boston magazine he considered this week's Rolling Stone cover to insult.
Anybody who's ever -- a police or military uniform and he added quoting here.
The truth is -- 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 the sergeant says he speaks for himself and not on behalf of Massachusetts state police but now.
The fallout a spokesman says state police have relieved the sergeant of his duty for one day.
Ahead of an internal hearing next week that spokesman reported that police never authorize the sergeant to make those photos.
Public and the governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick said sergeant Murphy.
Violated the rules.
Joining us now former federal prosecutor and Rory -- -- she's an adjunct professor.
At Fordham university law school and great great to see -- -- at the F.
Listen here's the question we have a mean we talk about the fact that this guy could really lose his job that's undecided they haven't fired yet right now he's just done.
Leave or -- relieved.
Could -- face further prosecution for this.
It's possible I mean if he didn't have the authorization clearly he didn't to release these photos.
There they certainly will look at the potential for for an obstruction of justice charge for its.
Perhaps they may look at some sort of theft type charges if he took these photos and and use some for his own purposes.
It's unlikely though from what it seems it seems that he will be handled internally by the department the US attorney's office has already said while the department is looking at as far as.
The internal police stay state police that there are dealing with it internally.
He may lose his job though he may be suspended without pay for an extended period he me be demoted -- all kinds of things can happen to him.
-- you talk about mitigating evidence that a close that is that -- lift this guy has now become a hero in Boston.
He says he did it because a lot of it was bit the respect he had for the police officers who were shot and killed during this that and so people in Boston that I see her saying.
This guy should be on the cover Rolling Stone he's never gonna have to buy a drink in his life so there's that mitigating -- -- that police may have to work in the.
Well and it an especially any kind of prosecution is usually there's some low level of discretion involved as to whether to bring a case or not.
And I think when you have somebody who was they are on the scene like he was on top of -- he was -- -- as this guy was apprehended as they were all fearful for their own lives.
If they had seen people maimed and killed in Boston just before this happened.
This was an extremely.
Event for him and it's understandable that he would act this way and try to fix this the other thing is we have to remember terrorists used propaganda.
That's what they want and what Rolling Stone did by putting this on the -- Really kind of help the terrorist network to recruit potentially as propaganda to make themselves look good and with this guy says hey wait a second.
This is what you look like if you attack the United States this is what's going to happen to you and so I think a lot of people in law enforcement are certainly not going -- -- to.
Really prosecute this guy for -- he he will have to face some charges so undoubtedly internally.
Because you can't have people letting photographs go.
That ours are meant and -- especially when you have an ongoing criminal investigation -- -- -- to stay internal at this point.
So I guess who overweight and both sides -- what you're telling me is here thinking slap on the wrist for this thing really is when it comes down to because that kind of placate the masses and gives him a little bit of a scolding for what he did.
That's -- they have to do something because they they can't have people walking away with photographs and and giving them to newspapers and media but on the other hand.
This is so understandable that he would be outraged by seeing that cover especially having.
-- -- through with so personally where he was they are on the scene when this happened.
And I think he did want to send a message and I don't think it's a bad thing that this message goes out to the terrorists -- when you see that little red dot on the guy's head.
You realize how lucky he wasn't using get blown to pieces that debt.
So somebody who -- now look at doing something like this may look at and say wow.
-- really had that guy and you know he he's lucky he's even alive.
And got maybe they'll think twice about trying to attack anywhere in the United States.
And those pictures were a lot more captivating -- picture on the Rolling Stone magazine cover and bring -- -- former federal prosecutor and Fordham law professor.
Good if you join us thank you thank you.
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