AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas trooper has sued his bosses after he was reprimanded for taking a picture with rapper Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears filed the civil lawsuit Wednesday, alleging retaliation by the department, Director Steven McCraw and several executives.
The lawsuit says Spears was working off-duty security when an assistant for Snoop Dogg took the photo in March and posted it on Instagram. Spears was reprimanded because the rapper has several drug-possession convictions.
Spears seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial.
The lawsuit also says Spears faced retaliation for his complaint against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer after Spears was detained in 2014 while off-duty and carrying an alcoholic beverage at a concert.
DPS and TABC had no immediate comment Wednesday.