Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Billy Spears is in serious trouble after posing for a photo with Snoop Dogg while working at SXSW. According to the The Dallas Morning News, Spears was in uniform in a secured area at the festival when Snoop asked the trooper if he could get a quick photo with him. The rapper’s publicist reportedly took the picture and then posted the picture on Instagram with the caption: “Me n my deputy dogg.”
When officials saw the picture, they described Trooper Spears’ decision to pose with a known criminal as a poor reflection on the agency:
“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 was ordered to attend counseling, and he now has a disciplinary mark on his record for taking the picture with Snoop.