Police officer in trouble for releasing Boston bomber photos

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


The country was shocked when accused Boston bombing murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

A Massachusetts police officer was so outraged, that he released photos of the unvarnished truth – the night a bloodied Tsarnaev was arrested.

“Officers, contrary to public belief are human and have feelings,” said Professor James Desmarais.

But retired Providence Police Captain James Desmarais, who now teaches law enforcement at Johnson and Wales University, says the police photos should not be public yet.

“Something that you don't think is important today may be very critical two years later when you're coming to trial; one year later. So therefore, you don't release the evidence to begin with,” said captain Desmarais.

But in Dartmouth, the Rolling Stone photo still has people mad.

ABC 6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “Among those critical of the Rolling Stone article, UMASS Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossmann who said the article disparaged everything good about her university.”

In her statement the Chancellor noted that students donated blood and raised money for Boston's bombing victims, but that was never mentioned by Rolling Stone.

Still others in the community are glad the police officer released the arrest pictures.

“Because it shows what he (Tsarnaev) was like when they caught him,” said Dartmouth resident Eric Martin.”

“I don't think he should lose his job over it, considering what he (Tsarnaev) did,” said Dartmouth resident Mary Roussell.

But, Police Sergeant Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty for releasing the photos.