Recovering MBTA officer condemns Tsarnaev Rolling Stone cover

MBTA Officer Richard Donohue, 33, is slowly recovering from a serious gun shot wound sustained during a shoot out with Boston bombing suspects.
MBTA officer Richard Donohue, 33, is slowly recovering from a serious gunshot wound sustained during a shootout with the alleged Boston bombing suspects.

MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue, who was shot in the confrontation with the alleged Boston bombers, said in a statement posted on his department’s blog, “I cannot and do not condone the cover of the magazine, which is thoughtless at best.”

Donohue, 33, nearly died after being shot during a shootout with accused Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19.

Two days after news broke that 19-year-old Dzhokhar was slated to appear on the cover of the August issue of Rolling Stone, Donohue joins scores of Bostonians to speak out.

Read the full statement below:

“The City of Boston and the surrounding communities have faced many challenges since the bombings at the marathon finish line. The new cover of Rolling Stone has garnered much attention due to its sensationalized depiction of one of the alleged bombers. My family and I were personally affected by these individuals’ actions. I cannot and do not condone the cover of the magazine, which is thoughtless at best. However, I appreciate our country’s protection of free speech afforded to us by the Constitution. I am confident that our Boston Strong community will remain intrepid and unshaken by the cover of this magazine.”

Donohue is hosting a blood drive at the Marriott Copley in Boston from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

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