Facebook Users Rally Around Mass. Cop Who Leaked Tsarnaev Photos

The Massachusetts State Police photographer who leaked photos of a bloody, defeated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his capture is getting public support as he faces potential punishment from his bosses.

A “Save Sgt. Sean Murphy” group on Facebook had more than 32,700 “likes” on Sunday afternoon — three days after Murphy leaked the stark photos to Boston Magazine in response to Rolling Stone‘s latest cover, which features the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

Murphy, a tactical photographer, was suspended after the leak and faces a disciplinary hearing as soon as this week.

“Please help me save Sgt. Sean Murphy from losing his job with the Massachusetts State Police,” states the anonymous page’s “About” section. “This petition is to save Trooper Sean Murphy his job. He did what I think most of us would have liked to do or would have done had we had the same resources.”

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