May 19, 2014

Resident's of Wolfeboro, N.H were very upset when their police commissioner called President Obama the N word. Not only wouldn't he apologize, but he thought his analogy was apropos. If you missed it, here's the story:

Residents of Wolfeboro, N.H. are demanding that their police commissioner resign for calling President Barack Obama the n-word -- then refusing to apologize.

A Wolfeboro resident wrote to the town's manager to complain that she overheard Robert Copeland, 82, call Obama the n-word in March at a restaurant, according to Manchester TV station WMUR.

Copeland didn't offer an apology after the resident complained to his bosses.

"I believe I did use the 'N' word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic)," Copeland wrote in an email to the resident, as quoted by WMUR. "For this, I do not apologize -- he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

Yikes, he was serious as a heart attack. After his initial defiance, the police commissioner has formerly resigned.

A police commissioner in Wolfeboro under fire for using a racist slur when talking about President Barack Obama has resigned.
Robert Copeland, 82, verbally resigned to the chairman of Wolfeboro Police Commission Sunday night before resigning in a letter released Monday.

Copeland had been facing intense pressure to resign after a resident complained about overhearing him use the N-word in a restaurant. Copeland acknowledged that he used the slur but refused to apologize or step down.

Many politicos were also very angered by the police commissioner and asked for his walking papers:

His resignation comes as several of New Hampshire's most prominent politicians — including Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Gov. Maggie Hassan — had called for Copeland's ouster.

“Commissioner Copeland’s reprehensible comments dishonor law enforcement officials across our state who work hard to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly, and the remarks do not represent the values of New Hampshire residents," said William Hinkle, a spokesman for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. "Governor Hassan believes that he should listen to the people of Wolfeboro and New Hampshire and apologize and step down in order to restore confidence in the Commission.”

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who owns a vacation home in Wolfeboro, has also called for Copeland to resign.

“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community,” Romney said in a statement to the Boston Herald last week. “He should apologize and resign.”

If anything at all this proves that racism is not dead in this country.

Far from it.

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