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Facebook Page Rallies for Sgt. Who Leaked Tsarnaev Photos

July 22, 2013  | 

Sgt. Sean Murphy (left) faces a disciplinary hearing Tuesday. Photo via Facebook.
Sgt. Sean Murphy (left) faces a disciplinary hearing Tuesday. Photo via Facebook.
More than 40,000 Facebook users have liked a page set up to support the Massachusetts trooper facing a disciplinary hearing for releasing stark images of the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

As of Monday, the page "Save Sgt. Sean Murphy" had garnered more than 48,000 supporters. The page calls for supporters to help save the trooper's job and says Murphy "did what I think most of us would have liked to do had we had the same resources."

On Thursday, Murphy released hundreds of images from the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in response to a Rolling Stone magazine cover showing the accused bombing in a flattering light. Murphy's images included photos of a bloodied Tsarnaev stepping out of the boat with a police sniper's red dot on his forehead.

The Massachusetts State Police has relieved Murphy of duty. He will face a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Tuesday, according to the page.

Supporters praised Murphy with a flurry of posts on the page, which was set up on Thursday. Sharron Becker-Hill said he was for "standing up for what is right." Richard Martin urged "the powers that be" to "give Sgt. Murphy a medal, a long weekend off with pay, a new camera, and an apology."

Comments (9)

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Richard @ 7/22/2013 3:53 PM

Is this against his agency's policy-I'm sure it is as most of us in law enforcement have policies that photos taken in your duties are agency property and if taken with personal camera is usually prohibited. While termination seems absurd, if against policy a sergeant should know better. Stay safe and good luck Sgt. Murphy

Boston @ 7/22/2013 5:04 PM

If it was a case of a young woman killed in a bad auto accident. Like the one in California years back (I think she was the daughter of a Doctor and totaled a Porsche) then I would surely side with the MSP. But since it was a scumbag POS Terroist I say The Commonwealth, Coakley and the Commander of the MSP will be making jackasses out of themselves if he gets more than a day off without pay. THis is all about the bad Americans making the Muslims look bad in a Cultural Diversity country in a liberal state. Shame on us!!

Corporal T.E./N.S.M. @ 7/22/2013 6:47 PM

Much of US Local, State and Federal agencies seem to protect the interests of scum more than the people whose ancestors built this nation.

America should be respected, but if not, then feared. The results of attacking this country should be posted far and wide-the proverbial "Monkey On A Stick". Whether it's relieving one's bladder on the corpse of an insurgent or showing that pig be hauled out of the boat, put that on the evening news. They made their choice.

CPD @ 7/22/2013 7:43 PM

If it violates agency policy, discipline him. He can't decide what policies he likes and which ones he doesn't. It wasn't his decision to make. Fool thinks he's more important than the organization. That's personal corruption.

Lngntooth @ 7/23/2013 7:21 AM

The "mainstream media" filters every photo for effect. They portray the bomber, like he's a Rock Star, then someone shows up with photos of his capture......facts are facts.........and everything gets side-ways. A perfect example is how they refuse to show photos of the 6'2" Trayvon.......and instead only show what he looked like at age 12, ridiculous.

uslawman1983 @ 7/23/2013 8:04 AM

Sgt. Murphy, you my hero, bro! Good luck on the hearing today.

Larry Peterson @ 7/23/2013 12:30 PM

If this is Dept.policy then Sgt. Murphy should be disciplined,but not to the max. Who among us is perfect-raise your hands-none! The whole thing has been turned into a media circus because of a "picture"? I think that America is strong enough to survive, and the "suits"should go back to fighting crime.

Ron @ 7/24/2013 6:54 AM


You should take a few days off with out pay. We can't open up pandora's box by allowing photo evidence to be released with out consequences. Then come on out with the rest of us. You shouldn't have to pay for dinner for a long time.

Troop @ 7/28/2013 10:39 PM

This Sgt. may or may have not violated policy but it is certain he did the right thing. Police Officers, Deputies and Troopers today are seemingly in the dark about doing the right thing and blindly doing the company thing. Go Sgt Murphy. This fellow out of state "statie" has your back.

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