Vermilion, Ohio, officer suspended for wearing pro-pot pin while in uniform

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Police Officer Suspended for Wearing Pin With Uniform

VERMILION, Ohio (WJW) - A Vermilion police captain is suspended from his duties, accused of openly supporting the legalization of marijuana while he was in uniform.

Cpt. Michael Reinheimer posted a photo on Facebook of a button, which read "I support legalize 2016." It apparently referred to a new effort to legalize pot in Ohio.

OnTuesday, voters rejected Issue 3, which would have made recreational and medicinal marijuana legal in the state.

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Reinheimer admitted he wore the button above his badge while he conducted the department's annual police auction earlier this month.

The following Monday, Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan placed the captain on administrative leave. Bulan told FOX 8 that Reinheimer broke department rules by campaigning for the issue while in uniform. She also said there are more reasons for the suspension, which will be revealed at a later time.

In July, Reinheimer was pulled over by an Erie County Sheriff's deputy and charged with driving under suspension. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine. The mayor suspended him for 10 days for that incident.

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