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Police commissioner resigns after racial slur against Obama

A police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, resigned Monday after he called President Barack Obama the "N" word and refused to apologize.

U.S. President Barack Obama talks while having lunch with construction workers at Shake Shack in Washington May 16, 2014.  Credit: Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama talks while having lunch with construction workers at Shake Shack in Washington May 16, 2014.
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A police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, resigned on Monday under fire from town officials and residents after he called President Barack Obama the "N" word and refused to apologize, a police official said.

Police Commissioner Robert Copeland was overheard using the racial slur at a restaurant in the town in March and later admitted it in an email to colleagues, saying: "For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

The incident caused an uproar in the town, a popular summer tourist destination on Lake Winnipesaukee where former presidential candidate and Obama challenger Mitt Romney has a home.

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Residents harangued Copeland, who is 82 and white, at a public meeting last week, and Town Manager David Owen issued a statement on Friday urging Copeland to step down and "save the Town any further embarrassment of his making."

A Wolfeboro police official confirmed Copeland's resignation on Monday but would provide no further details. He said the department would issue a press release later on Monday.

 
 
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