People in Boston and across the state are outraged after comments made by late-night talk show host Bill Maher.
On his HBO show last Friday, Maher downplayed the Boston Marathon bombings.
Now well-known retired state police Sgt. Sean Murphy is speaking out along with the city's mayor.
"Why?" That's how Murphy's open letter to Maher begins.
His outrage comes after these comments made by the HBO talk show host last Friday:
"It was, again, a bad day. Three people died - that's terrible. More were maimed - that's horrible, but unfortunately that happens every day in car accidents and everything else. I mean, your city was not leveled by Godzilla."
Maher's comments came after the Red Sox paid tribute to the bombing victims during their victory parade after winning the World Series.
The comments have since gone viral and now Murphy has taken to his Facebook page to react.
"You say that it was a 'bad day, three people died'. You don't even care to know that actually four people were killed (yes…killed, not died) as a result of the two Boston bombers," Murphy wrote.
Murphy is best known for his revealing photos of a bloodied and weak looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the night he was captured.
The now retired sergeant has since become an icon of resilience and Boston pride in the wake of April's bombings.
Many have taken to his Facebook page as well to support him.
Murphy says the Red Sox World Series win was a healing moment for the entire city and those affected by the bombings, a moment many victims needed.
"You clearly don't care that the families of the 'three that died', are now facing an empty seat at the Thanksgiving Day table. Perhaps another 'bad day' for them will be planning their holiday celebrations without their loved ones around," he wrote.
Read the full letter below:
"Why would you further hurt the people of Boston the way you did on your latest cable show?
"You say that it was a "bad day, three people died". You don't even care to know that actually four people were killed (yes…killed, not died) as a result of the two Boston bombers. Hundreds were permanently injured as a result of the bombings. Officer Sean Collier was executed by these two cowards as he was seated in his cruiser.
"The Red Sox celebration was a healing moment for Boston. I emphasize the word moment. For those that have been affected by the Patriots Day bombing, each day is a struggle. Some days are better than others. For every good day, there are many more that are painful. You clearly don't care that the families of the "three that died", are now facing an empty seat at the Thanksgiving Day table. Perhaps another "bad day" for them will be planning their holiday celebrations without their loved ones around. Perhaps those who lost a limb (or two) will have another "bad day" as they reflect back on the end of 2013 and realize just how much their world has changed.
"Some have said that the Tsarnaev Rolling Stone cover, that was equally insulting and hurtful to Boston, was a desperate measure of a washed up, has been, entity. Even though this may be applicable to you, it is simply unconscionable that you would even voice such an ignorant, hurtful, insult to the city of Boston.
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