AUSTIN – The DPS trooper in the doghouse for posing in a pic with Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest is taking his bosses for a walk to the courthouse.
“There was never a policy that said you can’t have your picture made with somebody with a criminal record,” said Ty Clevenger, Billy Spears attorney. “And how are you supposed to know? Is everytime you have your picture made with somebody you’re supposed to run a criminal history check before you have the picture made? It’s just ridiculous.”
The lawsuit comes after Trooper Spears was ordered to undergo counseling for his part in the “Me ‘N My Deputy Dogg” photo op.
Spears and his lawyer filed the lawsuit Wednesday alleging retaliation on the part of DPS after he filed a complaint against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer.
According to the lawsuit, Deputy Dogg was detained in 2014 while off-duty and carrying an alcoholic beverage at a concert.
Hmmm… was he “sippin’ on gin and juice?”
“The big issue we’re trying to accomplish is to get DPS to back off and leave him alone. And so that’s why we asked the court for an injunction that would essentially order DPS not to retaliate against him anymore,” Clevenger said.
We asked for comment from DPS and the TABC. Both declined.
It looks like a silly little snapshot will unleash legal action through the dog days of summer. It’s enough to make some head to Colorado just so they can, “Smoke weed every day!” While you’re there, you may run into Willie Nelson celebrating his 82nd birthday and still rolling strong!
Just don’t take a picture with him. It may get you in some deep doo-doo.