A US police photographer leaked images of the Boston marathon bombing suspect during his capture in protest at the picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev used by Rolling Stone magazine for its next cover.
Sergeant Sean Murphy claimed his photos showed “the real bomber” and described the magazine cover as “hurtful” to the victims’ memories and their families.
The images, which he gave to Boston Magazine, show the suspect with the red dot of a sniper rifle’s laser on his face. The pictures were taken when Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in a residential garden. His face shows the wounds he is believed to have sustained after a shoot-out with police. A spokesman for state police said the release of the photos had not been authorised and an investigation into Mr Murphy’s alleged actions had begun.
Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in the two explosions at the Boston marathon finish line on 15 April.
Tsarnaev is also accused of the murder of a fourth person, a university police officer, who was allegedly shot dead by him and his brother Tamerlan in the days after the attack.
Rolling Stone has defended its front page, saying it was committed to “serious, thoughtful coverage”.