The magazine said Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police, was "furious" about the Rolling Stone cover, which shows the 19-year-old as a handsome, personable young man. Murphy's photos, taken after Tsarnaev was found hiding inside a boat in Watertown, had never been made public before.
"As a professional law enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has every worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty," Murphy said.
"The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."
Murphy, who has been with the state police for 25 years, was relieved of duty late Thursday. Officials said he had not been dismissed and his status will be reviewed next week, Boston Magazine said.
His gun, ammunition, police ID, handcuffs and other items were taken by troopers who came to his home.