|DPS Trooper Billy Spears and Snoop Dogg. / Snoop's Instagram|
Trooper Billy Spears, while in uniform and working security for South by Southwest, was spotted by one Calvin Broadus, commonly known as rapper Snoop Dogg. The Dogg, for whatever reason, wanted a picture with Spears, who agreed, and someone in the Dogg Pound shot the pic and up it went on Instagram.
Soon thereafter, it was spotted, and up in smoke went any love for Spears at DPS HQ.
And, not just in anyway, but in a particularly Kafkaesque one.
The "deficiency" that was issued against him, which includes counseling from superiors, is something that can't be appealed. It's based on this, from a DPS PR quote:
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’ reply to what actions he intended to take to “overcome deficiencies” was “Refuse photos.”
A lieutenant from Tyler drove 80 miles round trip at night to have Spears fill out and sign the one-page document.
Fellow Texas bloggers, feel free to add names.