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The official reprimand read: 'While working a secondary employment job, Trooper Spears took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges.
'The public figure posted the photo on social media and it reflects poorly on the Agency.'
The counseling advised Spears to say no when people ask for a picture with him.
Snoop has convictions for drug possession and stood trial for murder in 1993 before being acquitted.
Since Spears was only reprimanded with counseling, DPS does not view the penalty as a formal disciplinary action and the trooper cannot appeal.
'Yet those counseling incidents can block a trooper’s chances for promotion or advancement.
'So it appears that DPS commanders are papering Billy’s file with counseling incidents because they can’t prove that he violated any law, order, or policy, and they know that he will beat them with the law and the facts if he is given an opportunity to appeal.'
originally posted by: Ameilia
a reply to: Anyafaj
I don't even have words for the stupidity.
The officer posing with Snoop is likely to enhance his image and the image of the Texas police - way for them to turn it around and make themselves look BAD instead.
The time wasted writing this officer up and suspending* him should have spent finding a cop who actually did something criminal and deal with that instead. In case any cops are reading this and don't know where to look to find other officers behaving badly - please check Youtube. There is ample evidence there of police abuse.
Edit: I should have said 'sending him to counseling' poor word use on my part...in some jobs being sent to somewhere like counseling counts as a suspension because you go during hours you would normally be doing your regular job so you are 'suspended' until whatever else you are required to do is finished.
I don't know if that applies in this case though.