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.

 

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.