The police commissioner in a small New Hampshire town is refusing to apologize for calling President Obama the “N-word.”
82-year-old Robert Copeland sat with his arms crossed, while dozens of people demanded his resignation during the commission’s monthly meeting in Wolfeboro Thursday. The police commission is responsible for hiring, firing and disciplining police officers in the town of 6,200 people.
Resident Jane O’Toole says she overheard him use the slur in a restaurant and wrote to town officials to complain. Copeland wrote back and sent her part of his previous email, saying he believed he used the N-word “in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse” and Obama “meets and exceeds” his criteria for such.
Chairman Joseph Balboni told the Concord Monitor a private meeting would take place to solve the matter. Upset residents are vowing to have Copeland recalled if he doesn’t resign.
Copeland declined to speak with reporters after yesterday’s meeting. His office says he doesn’t believe anything positive or fair can come from speaking with the press.
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