AUSTIN - A DPS Trooper is trying to get out the doghouse after he posed for a pic with Snoop Dogg, a rapper with a long rap sheet. After trooper Billy Spears was ordered to undergo counseling for his part in the “Me 'n my deputy dogg” photo op, he decided to lawyer up.
"We've got 27 million people in the State of Texas, and we don't have any more pressing problems than the fact that a State Trooper had his photo made with Snoop Dogg?” asks Spears lawyer Ty Clevenger. “Looks like we have a problem with priorities with DPS in Austin."
How did DPS even sniff out the Deputy Dogg photo which was posted by Snoop Dogg and didn't even identify trooper Spears? Clevenger claims DPS might be scanning social media using facial recognition software, which is typically used to find pictures of criminal suspects, not cops.
Clevenger says he’s reached out to DPS to get clarification on if they use facial recognition technology to track employees on social media but has yet to hear back.
"The DPS has still not responded, it's a simple yes or no question. Are you using facial recognition software to monitor your employees online, yes or no? And I asked them Monday. Called back Monday afternoon, they said they'd give me an answer Tuesday, it's now Thursday. Still don't have an answer and it’s just a yes or no.”
NewsFix asked DPS for their side in this dog fight. They responded with, "Supervisors counsel and coach employees on a regular basis and these efforts do not constitute formal discipline by the department."
Well, it looks like this could unleash legal action thru the dog days of summer. Who knew a snapshot with Snoop could leave a guy feeling so dogged out?