Massachusetts state police sergeant Sean Murphy arrived for a discipline hearing in Framingham Tuesday morning.
Last week, Sergeant Murphy released unauthorized pictures of Boston bombing suspect Dhokhar Tsarnaev during his arrest. Murphy released the pictures after Rolling Stone magazine published a picture of Tsarnaev on their cover. Sergeant Murphy said the picture was an insult, and doesn't show his true nature.
West Springfield firefighter Andrew Conner drove to the state police barracks in Framingham Tuesday to show his support. His pickup truck was decorated with Murphy's name. Conner said he realized Murphy broke the rules, but believes the pictures benefit society.
Following the hearing on Tuesday Sergeant Murphy's son Conner Murphy defended his father saying, "My dad's always kinda been a huge hero to me, and throughout this process he's shown the characteristics that I hope to someday model myself after. If I could be 1/4 of the man he is now, I'll be more than happy with my life"
Thousands have also shown their support on social media web sites. Several pages have been set up on facebook in support of Sergeant Murphy.
Murphy remained on desk duty while an internal investigation was being conducted. A panel of three commissioned state police officers were tasked Tuesday with deciding his punishment.
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