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So this happened.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is in hot water after posing for a photo with rapper Snoop Dogg, the Dallas Morning News reports.

According to the site, Billy Spears was reprimanded by superiors for the photograph taken by Snoop’s publicist at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival. The photo was posted to the rapper’s Instagram account with the caption, “Me n my deputy dogg.”

Innocent enough, right? Not if the rapper pictured has been convicted of drug charges.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg, has been convicted several times of drug possession. In 1993, he faced a murder charge when his bodyguard shot and killed a rival gang member. Snoop Dogg and the bodyguard eventually were acquitted of the charge. Spears’ lawyer Ty Clevenger said that Spears had no knowledge of drug convictions.

“Troopers get called down to work these events all the time and sometimes people want a picture with them,” Ty Clevenger said.

Clevenger said he is calling public attention to the incident because his client has no other choice but to accept the counseling required by DPS officials for his “deficiencies.”

The counseling reprimand 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.”

Spears’ attorney also added that the DPS is “making stuff up” as they go. “This is not in their policy,” he said.”

Clevenger has written a letter to the director to intervene.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram

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