Top NH Cop Not Sorry for Calling Obama the N-Word
'He meets my criteria for such,' says commissioner
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2014 3:39 AM CDT
Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland is confronted by residents after a meeting yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – Amid calls for his resignation, a New Hampshire police commissioner is refusing to even apologize for using a racist slur to describe President Obama. After a resident of the small and almost entirely white town of Wolfeboro overheard Robert Copeland in a restaurant loudly using the n-word to describe the president, she complained to the town manager, the AP reports. Copeland, 82, then emailed his fellow commissioners saying, "I believe I did use the 'n' word in reference to the current occupant of the White House. For this, I do not apologize—he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

"While I believe the problems associated with minorities in this country are momentous, I am not phobic," Copeland said, as per the Concord Monitor. "My use of derogatory slang in reference to those among them undeserving of respect is no secret." The town manager says that while he finds Copeland's remarks "reprehensible," the commissioner is an elected official and the town's board of selectmen has no power to remove him. At a town meeting yesterday, Copeland appeared defiant as nearly two dozen speakers called on him to step down. Two spoke in his defense.

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May 18, 2014 1:08 AM CDT
Here's the part that surprises me: He's a pistol packing law man at the age of 82. Gimme a break. He shouldn't even be driving a car, let alone playing with a gun.
May 16, 2014 11:15 PM CDT
Bothe the NH P.D. Commissioner and the Pres. are "credits to their race(s).
May 16, 2014 3:10 PM CDT
I am a Caucasian. I am a male. I used to be a Republican. That was BEFORE Watergate! His words do not offend me. Obama is a Negro. So is Holder. The ONLY convicted attorney-general was Nixon's first, John Mitchell! The ONLY VP, to plea bargain, was Nixon's first, Spiro Agnew! Our Only president,to receive a pardon, was Nixon! Is he ashamed of that?