Feature Boston Police Officer on Rolling Stone Magazine Cover


Target: Jann Wenner, Publisher of the Rolling Stone magazine

Goal: Feature police officer who was injured pursuing Boston Marathon bombing suspects on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine

The Rolling Stone magazine should take the opportunity to redress the grievous wrong of featuring Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its August issue by dedicating a future issue cover to the real hero of these tragic events: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police officer Richard “Dick” Donohue Jr., who was in critical condition after exchanging gunfire with the bombing suspects. It is a brave civil servant like Donohue who deserves to be in the hearts and minds of America’s readers; the victims of the terrorist act and the Boston community would prefer that fame and renown go to its valiant protectors rather than the cowardly perpetrators of terror.

We must make Rolling Stone magazine aware of the fact that a police officer who put his life at stake to apprehend the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings deserves to be brought to the attention of the whole nation. Donohue was seriously injured as a result of confronting the Tsarnaev brothers in their attempt to evade law enforcement by fleeing to New York City. When the police accosted the suspects in the Boston suburb of Watertown, the 33-year-old police officer suffered from severe bleeding after a bullet struck him in the  right thigh severing his femoral vein and artery. He was on the verge of death as his heart stopped, but thankfully the doctors were able to restore his pulse and resuscitate him.

Choosing to feature a police officer on its cover is not only a chance for a magazine like Rolling Stone to bring fame and renown to a person who deserves it. It is also the opportunity to remind America of the role law enforcement plays in responding to acts of terror. The Tsarnaev brothers were heavily armed, and allegedly fired shots and threw explosives including pipe bombs and pressure cookers at the police officers charged with the duty of apprehending them. It is the officers’ quick thinking and courage that allowed them to stop these dangerous individuals in their tracks and prevent them from potentially carrying out further acts of carnage.

By signing this petition, you will encourage the Rolling Stone magazine to celebrate the courage and resolve of the Boston area police in the face of danger. With the perpetrators overexposed in the media, it is time that the real heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings like Richard “Dick” Donohue Jr. get their fair share of the national spotlight.


Dear Rolling Stone Publisher Jann Wenner,

Please send a strong statement in support of the real heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings by featuring police officer Richard “Dick” Donohue Jr.  on the cover of a future issue. In doing so, you will be bringing publicity to a remarkable individual whose bravery and self-sacrifice deserve to be celebrated. This would be a perfect way for the Rolling Stone to resolve the controversy generated by its choice to place the Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its August issue.

Bringing attention to a police officer who almost died in the line of duty as he confronted the bombing suspects will be a powerful way of reminding Americans of the crucial role that law enforcement plays in protecting our communities from danger. Using a magazine feature story to illustrate exactly how an armed confrontation with dangerous suspects takes place and just how perilous and unpredictable the situation is will help the average American grasp the heroism of our police forces in a tangible, vivid way.


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