State Police Photographer Who Released Photos Of Alleged Boston Bomber’s Arrest Disciplined

A Massachusetts State Police photographer who released images of the arrest of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Boston Magazine is now the subject of an internal investigation, Boston TV station WBZ reported Thursday.

State police said tactical photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy was “relieved of his duty for one day” and is being investigated, according to WBZ. The editor of Boston Magazine, John Wolfson, told WBZ that Sgt. Murphy’s gun, badge and computer were seized.

In a statement provided to WBZ, a State Police spokesperson said “the dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police.”

Correction: WBZ reported on the discipline Thursday.

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