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Video: Texas Trooper Sent to Counseling for Photo with Rap Star

April 03, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Texas Trooper Sent to Counseling for Photo with Rap Star

A Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper has been sent to counseling for being in a photo with rap star Snoop Dogg.

The trooper was working security when Snoop Dogg was the keynote speaker during the music portion of the annual South by Southwest festival.

The trooper's attorney, Ty Clevenger, said the rapper approached the trooper and asked for a quick photo. DPS officials later saw a photo of the trooper and the rapper on Snoop Dogg's official Instagram account.

Clevenger said DPS cited the trooper for “deficiencies that require counseling for posing with a known criminal.”

"It goes in his personnel file. It's permanent and it can count against him for advancement and promotion," Clevenger told FOX4. "I know DPS says its not discipline... but it is discipline."

Snoop Dogg has been convicted multiple times for drug possession and hasn't made a secret of his use of marijuana. The rapper also faced a murder charge in 1993 when his bodyguard shot and killed a rival gang member, but both were acquitted.

Comments (5)

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kevCopAz @ 4/3/2015 3:22 PM

wow, a bot of an over reaction I would say. Come on the Trooper was taking a photo with a celeb, its kind of a PR thing. If this is the case the he'd of DPS better not ever be photographed with any number of "criminals' including politicians and celebs and a whole lot of Pro athletes! You telling me that a Trooper (including the DPS bosses) have never had a photo taken with a Texas athlete with a "criminal record"? Yeah right, how hypocritical. !. This is silly, I feel sorry for the Trooper.

GI Joe @ 4/4/2015 4:10 AM

Many times police agencies go to far. That is discipline and placed in his file. Guaranteed he will never make rank and will be harassed by his brass. I would not take a photo with a rapper but he was asked and the ofcr was professional about it. Tourists n public do ask to take photos with law enforcement. In these days being friendly approachable and professional goes a long way sending a positive message to the public. Now a days just about every one hates police.

Jackjumpin @ 4/5/2015 5:36 PM

Really? Know or unknown, do you really need to tell someone "No you can't have a photo with me". Are we becoming that petty?

132&Bush @ 4/5/2015 11:21 PM

You do know how stupid this makes the Troopers look. On yahoo the best post was if they object to picture because of his drug use then that means Rush and Willy Nelson.

Cal Green @ 4/9/2015 12:25 PM

What a joke that he was disciplined. He did nothing wrong.

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