In the span of a few days, more than 51,000 people have thrown their support behind a Massachusetts State Police trooper who was temporarily suspended for giving Boston magazine photos of the hunt and capture of one of the Boston bombing suspects.
Sgt. Sean Murphy, who was suspended for a day last week for releasing the photos without authorization, will face a closed hearing Tuesday to determine his professional future with the agency, said state police spokesman David Procopio.
Boston magazine published what it said were Murphy’s images in a story last week. The piece quoted Murphy as saying that he felt the Rolling Stone cover image — showing a doe-eyed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with tousled hair — was an insult to the victims of the April bombings.