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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 6:11pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — A day after Rolling Stone's cover picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sparked complaints that the magazine was glamorizing the Boston Marathon bomb suspect, starkly different photos of his capture emerged.
Images of the bloodied Tsarnaev emerging from the boat where he hid from police, the red dot of a laser gun sight on his forehead, were shot by a Massachusetts State Police sergeant and published online Thursday by Boston Magazine.
In a statement that accompanied his photos on the magazine website, Sgt. Sean Murphy said the Rolling Stone cover was "an insult" and "hurtful" to survivors of the April 15 bombings.
"This guy is evil," Murphy said. "This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."
Tsarnaev is awaiting trial on federal charges stemming from the bombing and the dramatic pursuit that led to his capture four days later.
Rolling Stone's cover photo showed a tousle-haired, thinly goateed Tsarnaev -- a photo that had been used by other outlets, but one that sparked fury on social media and prompted several retail chains to pull the issue from their racks.
Rolling Stone has defended its decision, saying the story "falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."