New Hampshire town urges police commissioner to quit over Obama racial slur

BOSTON Fri May 16, 2014 12:51pm EDT

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Officials in a small New Hampshire town on Friday urged a police commissioner to resign after he admitted calling U.S. President Barack Obama the 'N' word and refused to apologize.

A resident said she overheard Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland use the racial slur at a restaurant in March, and Copeland later admitted it in an email to colleagues.

"I believe I did use the 'N' word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse...For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such," he said in the email to fellow commissioners, according to the Associated Press.

Residents expressed outrage at a public meeting on Thursday night calling for Copeland, who is 82 and white, to step down and apologize. Copeland sat silently with his arms crossed as angry residents took turns at the microphone.

Town Manager David Owen on Friday issued a statement on a town web site saying he and the town board of selectmen were powerless to remove Copeland from his position.

"Therefore, we are hopeful that Mr. Copeland will accede to the public outcry and finally do the right thing and resign from his elected position to save the Town any further embarrassment of his making," Owen said in the statement.

A police official was not immediately available to comment.

(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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This is ridiculous! They call themselves that. They should be made to apologize to society for using the “N” word if that is how bad it is. Get over it!

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This is ridiculous! They call themselves that. They should be made to apologize to society for using the “N” word if that is how bad it is. Get over it!

May 16, 2014 2:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zigo wrote:
And there are still people who claim that the attacks on Obama don’t reflect racism …

May 16, 2014 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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