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Texas Dept. of Pubilc Safety Forces Officer to Undergo Counseling After Posing for Picture with Snoop Dogg

April 4, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Texas Dept. of Pubilc Safety Forces Officer to Undergo Counseling After Posing for Picture with Snoop Dogg

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An officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety officer has been forced to undergo counseling as punishment for posing in a photo with rapper Snoop Dogg. Officials reprimanded Officer Billy Spears after posing for the picture during last month’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX.

Spears was summoned to Austin two weeks ago to work security for the event. Snoop encountered Spears in a secured area and requested a photo with the officer. Snoop then posted the image on his Instagram, with a message:

“Me n my deputy dogg.”

Officials from the DPS punished Spears for associating with a known criminal and required him to forego deficiencies counseling. Snoop Dogg, has multiple drug possession convictions and was acquitted of a 1993 murder charge after his bodyguard shot a rival gang member.

Spears’ citation read: “While working a secondary employment job, Trooper Spears took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges. The public figure posted the photo on social media and it reflects poorly on the Agency.”

Ty Clevenger, the attorney who represents Spears, says his client just recognized Snoop Dogg as a famous public figure and had no prior knowledge of his past convictions, which is why he consented to the photograph.

“Troopers are called to work security for these events all the time, and some occasions people request a picture with them,” Clevenger told the Dallas Morning News.

The attorney claimed the punishment against Spears was an act of retribution against his client because Spears last year had reported an officer for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission for inappropriate conduct.

The formal action against Spears only called for counseling and was not considered an official disciplinary action. Therefore, the officer cannot appeal the decision.

The attorney has written a letter asking DPS Director Steven McCraw to intervene. “This is not in their policy. They’re making this stuff up as they go,” he said.

The department has not released a statement.

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