Residents of Wolfeboro, N.H. are demanding that their police commissioner resign for calling President Barack Obama the n-word — then refusing to apologize.
A Wolfeboro resident wrote to the town’s manager to complain that she overheard Robert Copeland, 82, call Obama the n-word in March at a restaurant, according to Manchester TV station WMUR.
Copeland didn’t offer an apology after the resident complained to his bosses.
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic),” Copeland wrote in an email to the resident, as quoted by WMUR. “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
At least 100 residents gathered at a town meeting Thursday night to demand Copeland’s resignation to no avail, according to WMUR. The police commission, which consists of Copeland and two others, planned to meet and determine what further action to take.
Several residents who were unsatisfied with the meeting later confronted Copeland outside. When a WMUR reporter tried to record their conversation, Copeland got heated and called the reporter a “skunk.”
Wolfeboro is a town of 6,300 residents, just 20 of them black, in a state where blacks are just 1 percent of the population. It’s also the New Hampshire town where former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) maintains a vacation home.
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