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*The Texas trooper who was reprimanded for taking a picture with Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest has slapped his bosses with a civil lawsuit.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears is alleging retaliation by the department, Director Steven McCraw and several executives.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, 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.