The Texas Trooper who got in trouble for taking a picture with Snoop Dogg at SXSW sues his bosses. Daily Mail reports, Department of Public Safety trooper Billy Spears got in trouble and recommended for counseling earlier this month but he says that the punishment was unfair. Spears filed a civil lawsuit, claiming the punishment was revenge by DPS, Director Steven McCraw and several executives because of a previous complaint Spears filed. The previous complaint filed was against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) officer in 2014.
Attorney Ty Clevenger, who is representing Spears, wrote on his blog the following: “DPS claims that the counseling forms are not really discipline, therefore the employee has no right to 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.”
Since Spears was only reprimanded with counseling, DPS does not view the penalty as a formal disciplinary action. Clevenger is writing letters to officials at DPS. The Trooper is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Earlier this month it was reported that the “Jin and Juice” spitta took the picture with Spears at SXSW a few months back. The West Coast MC snapped the photo and posted it on Instagram after giving the keynote speech. Spears’ bosses at DPS saw the photo cited him because he “took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges.”
Pharrell unveiled the official poster for the Dope movie today, (April 30). The movie first premiered at the 2015 Sundance Festival, and later was bought by Open Road Films and Sony. The cast features a number of stars, including A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman, Toni Revolori, Zoe Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons and Blake Anderson. Dope hits theaters on June 19.
Usher continued to fight against police brutality. The singer posted a picture of protesters captioning, “Justice or Just (us)?? Shame. Do you feel equality, liberty, and justice for all?? I think not. Somethin’ gotta change. #nomad.” Rallys erupted all over the nation after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who succumbed to severe head and neck injuries after being chased down by police.
Nicki Minaj posted an epic throwback with Jay Z and Kanye. Young Thug offered some strong words for the people out in Baltimore.
Lloyd Banks also celebrated his 33rd birthday, while Mack Maine cracked jokes about the new Apple watch.
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The NFL has denied a request from LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins to be withdrawn from this week’s draft and placed in a supplemental draft later this year. Collins has been sought by police in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In fact, draft rules agreed upon with the players’ union specify that the draft cannot be bypassed for a supplemental draft. He attended an NFL Play 60 event with youngsters on Wednesday, but did not talk to the media.
From classic Source Award show footage, to exclusive freestyles, interviews and game shows, The Source‘s archives are filled with things for everyone, from the casual Hip-Hop fan to the nerdiest of the purists.
Every Thursday, as part of #SourceTBT we at The Source will dig deep into our archives and re-visit interesting and funny classic footage, and this week we take you front row at The Source Awards, when Da Brat stumbled upon on Floyd Mayweather‘s gaudier chains.
Luxury fashion house Prada unveils the imagery for their Pre-Fall 2015 mens and womenswear campaign. Shot by Steven Meisel, the collection reinterprets classic menswear pieces in sombre hues, with a heavy use of nylon interspersed with wools and checks. For more glamorous fashion portraits from Steven Meisel, dive into the archive.