New images of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect show him bloody and dishevelled with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead after police found him hiding in a boat.
The pictures were taken by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sergeant Sean Murphy of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19 after he was captured, four days after the bombing.
He released the images to show the "real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."
The police photographer who released images from the day the surviving Boston bombing suspect was captured has reportedly been "relieved of duty".
Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson wrote:
Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty. Post coming shortly.
Since site is slow: Murphy has been relieved but not yet fired. Duty hearing next week.
Has been ordered not to talk to media or anyone else about events at Watertown.
A state police spokesman said the agency did not authorise the release of the photographs.
A police photographer has released images from the day the surviving Boston bombing suspect was captured because he was furious with a Rolling Stone magazine cover photo.
The photographs released by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sgt Sean Murphy to Boston Magazine show a dishevelled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead.
In a statement to the magazine, Sgt Murphy said Tsarnaev was evil and his photos showed the "real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine".
He said the Rolling Stone cover insulted officers killed in the line of duty, their colleagues and their families by glamorising the "face of terror".