The Associated Press

N.H. Police Commissioner Resigns Over Racial Slur

WOLFEBORO, N.H. — A New Hampshire town police commissioner has resigned after he admitted using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama.

Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland listens Thursday as town residents ask for his resignation after being overheard calling President Barack Obama a racial slur at a restaurant. (Jim Cole/AP)

Robert Copeland listens Thursday as Wolfeboro residents ask for his resignation after being overheard calling President Barack Obama a racial slur at a restaurant. (Jim Cole/AP)

Linda Murray, chairwoman of the Wolfeboro board of selectmen, says that 82-year-old Robert Copeland resigned Sunday night from the post to which he was re-elected in March.

At a meeting last week, Copeland defiantly refused calls to resign.

The resignation puts to rest a controversy that drew national attention and sparked impassioned debate in Wolfeboro, a lakeside resort town of 6,300 residents.

Copeland admitted using an obscenity followed by the N-word while at a restaurant in March. A resident overheard the remark and complained to town officials.

The comments drew strong condemnation, including from 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has a home in Wolfeboro.

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  • gotham77

    “The resignation puts to rest a controversy that drew national attention and sparked impassioned debate in Wolfeboro, a lakeside resort town of 6,300 residents.”

    Does it really put the controversy to rest?

    Isn’t it significant that the other two Commissioners refused to ask for his resignation, and one of them even defended him and blamed everything on the whistleblower?

  • Lawrence

    How can he be fit to “police” a community when he has hate, discrimination and bigotry towards an entire community some of which are those he is supposed to be defending?

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