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

(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.

Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland is confronted by residents after a meeting yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland listens in Wolfeboro, N.H. as town residents ask for his resignation after being overheard calling President Barack Obama the N-word at a restaurant.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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