On March 20, Snoop reportedly asked Billy Spears, a state trooper who was working security at a SXSW event at Austin Convention Center, to pose for a photo with him.
Two weeks ago, the MC shared this shot on Instagram. His caption for the photo? “Me n my deputy dogg.”
Some probably thought it was a cool photo. I mean it did get more than 18,000 likes on IG.
But Department of Public Safety and Transportation officials weren’t fans of the 'Gram. They cited the state trooper for "deficiencies that require counseling by a supervisor.” Why? Well, according to Billboard, here’s what the record states:
"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.”
Spears, who has said he didn’t know about Snoop’s history, can’t appeal the decision because it’s not considered a “formal disciplinary action,” but Billboard reports that the reprimand will become part of the trooper’s personnel record. Spears reportedly is looking to fight it.
State troopers actually complained about another rapper recently when they had Common pulled from a commencement speaker gig at a New Jersey university over a song he wrote.
Snoop, who's reading his next album BUSH, has taken pictures with several public figures including President Obama and he’s even appeared at The White House where he and John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, shared this fist-bump.