A Massachusetts State Cop has been suspended for one day for releasing pictures of the night Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found after a city wide manhunt. The cop, upset that Rolling Stone was giving the terrorist celebrity treatment, released a few photos of Tsarnaev the night he was found. My favorite one is the featured photo. I like the laser guide. Shows off his pretty boy eyes, no?
The pictures were taken by Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy and published online by Boston Magazine on Thursday afternoon. In a statement accompanying the photos, Murphy called the Rolling Stone cover “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.”
The spokesman for Boston Magazine, where the pictures were first seen, says he thinks the cop was genuinely concerned about the victims of the bombings who would feel upset that a terrorist had gotten such celebrity treatment,
“Today’s dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police,” spokesman David Procopio said in a statement issued Thursday night. “The department will not release the photographs to media outlets. The State Police will have no further comment on this matter tonight.”
Procopio told CNN late Thursday night that Murphy had been relieved of duty for one day and will have a status hearing to determine whether he will be on full duty, restricted duty or suspended during an internal police investigation.
Walgreens, CVS, 7/11 and Shop and Stop stores have refused to sell the Rolling Stone magazine featuring the terrorist.
There’s more on the Jeff Cogen affair today with Willamette Week reporting that at the time he gave his mistress, Sonia Manhas, a promotion she was working for him and sleeping with him.
Manhas is director of policy and planning for the county health department. She was promoted to that position in in September 2012, during the time she and Cogen were having the affair.The details of her promotion—which have not previously been reported—raise further questions about Cogen’s judgment.
Furthermore, WW reports there was no competition for the job for which she received a 20% increase.
He became City Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s chief of staff in 2003, where he helped Saltzman launch the Portland Children’s Levy. (Pellegrino is director of the Children’s Levy fund.)
County workers blew the whistle on Cogen in emails to the other Commissioners,
The affair became public on Monday when an anonymous tipster sent an email to all five county commissioners.
“Once again, I have been disappointed by the leadership at Multnomah County,” the email said. “Employees at Multnomah County have spotted Chair Cogen kissing Sonia Manhas in front of the Kenton Library and in a booth and at a bar in Portland along with a few other ‘sightings.’ Keep in mind that Sonia is in charge of ‘policy’ at the health department. This information is being spread among County employees.
“This behavior shows lack of values, principles and judgement,” the email continued. “You have a choice, you can ignore this or you can address it. But, it you choose to ignore this information, things will only get worse and morale will continue to decline. What a shame if this information ever got leaked to the media……”
As for paramour Sonya Manhas? She’s gone dark, refusing interviews and taking her FB page down.