Mass. State Police: Cop Who Leaked Tsarnaev Photos Likely To Keep Job

The head of the Massachusetts State Police said Tuesday that the police photographer who leaked photos of the arrest of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will likely keep his job, the Boston Globe reported.

Col. Timothy Alben told the Globe that Sgt. Sean Murphy was “a man of character,” and “a person who has come in here and given a great deal to this organization.”

A State Police spokesman told the Globe that the decision to fire a trooper depends on the seriousness of the offense as well as prior disciplinary history. Murphy was not accused of criminal conduct or violence, the spokesman said.


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