Police Commissioner Who Called Obama 'N-Word' Resigns

| by Michael Allen

Robert Copeland has resigned as police commissioner in Wolfeboro, N.H. over the uproar caused by his racist name-calling of President Obama.

According to The Washington Post, town officials confirmed that Copeland, 82, resigned on Sunday night.

The controversy began when Copeland was recently overheard in a local restaurant calling President Obama the N-word.

A witness complained to the town manager and other members of the three-person police commission.

“I believe I did use the ‘N-word' in reference to the current occupant of the White House,” Copeland said in an e-mail to the police commission, reported WMUR. “For this, I do not apologize - he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

Democrat and Republican politicians in New Hampshire have been calling for Copeland's resignation. Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has a home in Wolfeboro, also called for Copeland to quit.

“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community,” Romney told the Boston Herald. “He should apologize and resign.”

William Hinkle, a spokesman for New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, said in a statement, "Governor Hassan believes that [Copeland] should listen to the people of Wolfeboro and New Hampshire and apologize and step down in order to restore confidence in the Commission.”

Sources: The Washington Post, Boston Herald, WMUR