Friday, May 16, 2014

NH Police Official Won't Apologize For Calling President Obama N-Word

A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town says he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word. WBZ-TV's Michael Rosenfield reports.

Robert Copeland, the police chief in the town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, used the N-word when describing President Obama. Residents in the village of 6,000 people and beyond immediately started calling for his resignation. Copeland has refused to apologize for his remark. 

Jane O'Toole, a resident of the town, overheard the 82-year-old make the comment in a restaurant in March. 

In an email to other police, the elected official said, "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." 

There are approximately 20 African-Americans in Wolfeboro, and no minorities among the twelve full-time officers who make up the police force there. 

At a recent meeting of the Police Commission, around 20 people called for his resignation, and two spoke in defense of the Copeland. 

The Police Chief said, "My use of derogatory slang in reference to those among [minorities] undeserving of respect is no secret." 

Copeland ran unopposed for re-election in March, and is due to manage the police forces there for three years.


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