This fan photo depicting Trooper Billy Spears and rapper Snoop Dogg may appear rather innocuous, but it was enough to land the officer in hot water with his department.

The photo, snapped at last month’s SXSW festival in Austin, has been liked almost 20,000 times on social media, but Spears’ bosses aren’t laughing and have ordered him into counseling..


Trooper Billy Spears Snoop Dogg

The Department of Public Safety decided Trooper Spears should undergo counseling because they claim the picture “reflects poorly on the agency” because of Snoop Dogg’s “criminal background and numerous drug charges,” Spears’ attorney said. Spears is now fighting the department to keep the “incident” off of his permanent record. h/t foxnews

Snoop Dogg posted another photo with a member of the Austin Police Department, who was not reprimanded.

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