Facebook Group Rallies for Cop Who Leaked Tsarnaev Pics

Petition urges officials to let Sean Murphy keep working

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 22, 2013 1:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Massachusetts police officer's leak of gruesome Dzhokhar Tsarnaev photos got him suspended, with hearings—possibly this week—set to determine his future. Now, supporters are gathering on Facebook to urge authorities to let Sean Murphy keep his job, the Los Angeles Times reports. "He did what I think most of us would have liked to do or would have done had we had the same resources," argues the Save Sgt. Sean Murphy page, which has racked up more than 38,000 likes.

"The people who were victimized by this evil man and his brother are re-victimized by the poor choices made by Rolling Stone's editorial staff," says one comment on the page. "As a military veteran I understand Sgt. Murphy broke the rules. However, I'm glad he did it!" adds another. Meanwhile, Boston Magazine, which published Murphy's photos, has offered a FAQ on the decision: "Bottom line: This is news, this is how it happened," writes Jason Schwartz.

One of Murphy's photos of Tsarnaev.
One of Murphy's photos of Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy)
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