A Texas trooper is suing the Department of Public Safety after a photo taken with rapper Snoop Dogg landed him in a counseling session. Snoop Dogg posted the picture to Facebook with the caption, "Me n my deputy dogg."
Trooper Billy Spears was off duty but in uniform providing security at a concert when the photo was taken by Snoop Dogg’s publicist. Once the photo was posted, Spears was served a counseling record.
The official reprimand said “Trooper Spears took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges.” The DPS Complaint states that photos like these can negatively affect the agency.
The lawsuit argues that the punishment was unjust becuase no laws or rules were broken. Spears said that he was put on blacklist after another internal conflict with a superior in 2014. His lawyer, Ty Clevenger, said that the point of legal suit was to keep the repremand off of Spears’ record.