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May 19th, 2014
08:36 PM ET

New Hampshire town police commissioner resigns after Obama slur

Robert Copeland, the Wolfeboro New Hampshire police commissioner who was overheard in a restaurant calling President Barack Obama the "n-word" has resigned.

Joseph Balboni, Police Commission chairman of Wolfeboro, confirmed to CNN that he received a resignation email from Robert Copeland.

"Dear Commission Chairman Balboni, I resign," wrote Copeland in the email.

The story gained national attention when it broke last week, and soon major Republican voices were calling for Copeland to step down.

Police commissioner in N.H. town resigns over Obama slur

Among them, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, who is running for the other New Hampshire senate seat and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has owned a vacation home in Wolfeboro since 1997.

Residents in Wolfeboro are dealing with fallout of their own.

CNN's David Mattingly has the latest.


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  1. CDB

    "Romney is a great guy" is what initially comes to mind for most, but you have to follow the money. Romney just saved this man from an investigation that could have result in his firing, which means no pension. By resigning, you still keep your pension. So, there were no real consequences for this mans actions – and the very likely trail of evidence of racist actions against employees and people of the community throughout his reign that would have been uncovered with an investigation will never be known.

    May 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply

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