Police selling Boston Marathon bomber Christmas calendar

Following on the news yesterday of AT&T’s controversial Facebook commemoration of the anniversary of September 11, a police foundation in Watertown, Massachusetts is raising money off of a calendar devoted to the Boston Marathon bombing.  They plan to have the calendars delivered in time for Christmas.

And you didn’t know what to get your mom.

The Watertown Police Foundation is asking residents to submit their own photos from the April 19, 2013 manhunt for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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And lest anyone think perhaps this is going to be a tasteful calendar of – well, I’m not sure how exactly any images from that day in a calendar could be tasteful – the police foundation has a few sample images that they’ve associated with the calendar, including one of the boat where Tsarnaev was hiding:

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According to the Boston Globe, the proceeds from the calendar are going to help the local police department, and that’s certainly a worthy cause.  But something smacks a bit of bread & circus to me when I think of memorializing a terrorist attack in a Christmas calendar (why not an advent calendar too?).  It’s the same feeling many had in response to AT&T’s 9/11 commemoration as well.

Of course, the burning question on everyone’s mind: Would Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s bullet-riddled body be more appropriate as Miss May or Miss November?


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