Texas state trooper suing bosses after being disciplined for photograph with Snoop Dogg

The rapper asked to have a picture with officer Billy Spears at SXSW festival in Austin

A Texas police officer recently reprimanded by his superiors after he was pictured posing for a photograph with rapper Snoop Dogg is suing his bosses.

The incident in question took place at South By Southwest music festival in Austin at the end of March, when Snoop Dogg was delivering a keynote speech and state trooper Billy Spears was patrolling. Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, is thought to have asked for the photo with Spears, later posting the image to his Instagram account with the caption: “Me n my deputy dogg”. See the photo above.

Spears’ bosses alleged that he knowingly posed with “a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges”, subsequently ordered to attend counselling sessions following the incident. Spears’ attorney Ty Clevenger said at the time: “Troopers get called down to work these events all the time and sometimes people want a picture with them. [Disciplinary procedures are] not in their policy. They’re making this stuff up as they go.”

Now, as The Guardian reports, Spears is suing the Department of Public Safety, director Steven McCraw and several other executives. Spears is accusing the DPS of retaliation over a previous complaint he made against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) officer.

Snoop Dogg recently invested $10 million (£6,000,000) into a marijuana delivery service called ‘Eaze’. The service, founded in September 2013, has been described as ‘Uber for weed’. Eaze is currently available in 35 cities and provides a link between medical marijuana patients in the area to ‘pot dispensaries’. Due to funding from investors such as Snoop Dogg, the company will now be able to hire 50 new members of staff.