Police commissioner resigns in wake of Obama slur
Mon, 19 May 2014 18:32:02 GMT —
WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) â?? A New Hampshire town police commissioner has resigned after he admitted using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama.
Linda Murray, chairwoman of the Wolfeboro board of selectmen, says that 82-year-old Robert Copeland resigned Sunday night from the post to which he was re-elected in March.
At a meeting last week, Copeland defiantly refused calls to resign.
The resignation puts to rest a controversy that drew national attention and sparked impassioned debate in Wolfeboro, a lakeside resort town of 6,300 residents.
Copeland admitted using an obscenity followed by the N-word while at a restaurant in March. A resident overheard the remark and complained to town officials.
The comments drew strong condemnation, including from 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has a home in Wolfeboro.
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