Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Resigns Over Racial Slur

by Gino on May 20, 2014

in News



An 82-year-old town police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, has resigned after admitting to calling President Obama a racial slur. Robert Copeland stepped down Sunday night (May 18th) over the incident, which made national headlines and roiled the resort town of 6,300. At a meeting last week, held after a resident overheard Copeland using the racial slur at a restaurant in March and complained to town officials when she found out he was the police commissioner, Copeland was defiant as more then 100 residents called for him to be removed. A small number of people spoke in defense of Copeland, saying he had the right to free speech, but the overwhelming sentiment was against him. Last month, in an email to the town commissioners, Copeland said, “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse. For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”  Among those who had recently called for Copeland’s resignation was 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who owns a home in Wolfeboro. He said, “the vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community.”

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