McCaa Uncut: Right thing done the wrong way

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by JOHN MCCAA

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WFAA

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 20 at 12:50 AM

Sometimes, no matter what the consequences you have to do something to express your frustration. It's this week's "Uncut Commentary."   

A Massachusetts state police photographer's outrage could cost him his badge. Sgt. Sean Murphy took one look at the picture of the alleged Boston marathon bomber on the cover of Rolling Stone and decided the rest of us should know the real carnage the boy is accused of inflicting.  
 
He gave Boston Magazine hundreds of photos showing the aftermath of the bombing -- the blood, broken bones, the suffering nowhere evident in the Rolling Stone cover shot.
 
Thursday night, Murphy was relieved of duty. Not fired, relieved.
 
He issued a statement:

"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."
 
He also expressed concern  "glamorizing the face of terror … could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."
 
His conduct as an officer of the law was unprofessional. The bombing suspect might use it to claim he can't get a fair trial. But, I do understand Sgt. Murphy's outrage and commend his courage to stay and accept whatever punishment he'll receive. 
 
However, he need not worry. We've not forgotten the bombings. The one thing a lot longer than the Boston Marathon is the public's memory of this year's finish.
 
Send me your thoughts jmccaa@wfaa.com 
 

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