Top Texas Lawman: Snoop a 'Dope Smoking Cop Hater'

He wasn't happy about trooper's photo with rapper
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 7, 2015 3:45 AM CDT
In this March 20, 2015, file photo, rapper Snoop Dogg takes part in the "Keynote Conversation With Snoop Dogg" at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.   (Jack Plunkett/Invision via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Texas' chief law enforcement official called Snoop Dogg a "dope smoking cop hater" before reprimanding a state trooper who posed for a picture with the rapper, according to emails made public yesterday. Snoop Dogg posted a photo to Instagram with Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears in March with the comment "Me n my deputy dogg." It was taken during the South by Southwest music festival, where Spears was working off-duty as extra security. Spears is now suing DPS after being disciplined for taking a picture with a public figure who has several convictions for drug possession.

Emails obtained by Spears' attorney through open records laws show the incident went all the way to DPS Director Steve McCraw, best known for overseeing the state's border security operations. "Apparently he would rather work the convention while on a week's vacation to earn additional money rather than take an additional tour on the border," McCraw wrote. "He must not understand that he was being lampooned by a dope smoking cop hater which reflects very poorly on the department." The emails include a DPS supervisor explaining that Spears and other troopers have routinely taken pictures with other celebrities at SXSW.

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