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May 16th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Police commissioner defends calling Obama the 'N-word'

OutFront Update: The New Hampshire police commissioner who called President Obama the "n-word" has resigned, a local official confirms to CNN. Our David Mattingly is in New Hampshire with the latest at 7pm ET.

A racist remark, overheard in a restaurant has some residents of a small New England town calling for their police commissioner to resign.

According to complaint filed with the town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 82-year-old Commissioner Robert Copeland was heard calling President Obama the "N-word" during a private conversation.

Police commissioner refuses to apologize for Obama slur

Once word got out, many of the town's residents were outraged.

Copeland was silent until he was cornered by a group of residents out on the street.

He admitted what he said, saying "I made no bones about it."

Outfront is Jane O'Toole, the Wolfeboro resident who filed the complaint after hearing the commissioner's comments.


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  1. Collin Lloyd laMey

    At 82years old, it was time for him to go. From what I read he could not be removed from office for the comment so he had to resign. I bet Mitt Romney denunciation of the comment helped hastened the decision. At least he fessed up when confronted with his racist comments. He is clearly a proud racist. Minorities visiting or driving through that town should be careful because that a racist enclave.PATHETIC!!!!!

    May 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  2. sly

    I don't like what he said. I'm assuming they could vote him out when election time comes.

    May 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Reply

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