*Texas’ chief law enforcement official called Snoop Dogg a “dope smoking cop hater” in emails before reprimanding the state trooper who posed for an Instagram pic with the rapper at SXSW.
Snoop posed with Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears in March and posted the pic with the comment “Me n my deputy dogg.” Spears was working off-duty at SXSW as extra security.
As previously reported, 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 that the incident went all the way to DPS Director Steve McCraw, who is best known for overseeing the state’s expansive 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. He mentions actor Robert Duvall, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and musicians Cee Lo Green and Rob Zombie.
Spears is seeking unspecified damages in a Travis County court. He claims his discipline was retaliation for filing a complaint several weeks earlier against a superior.