Racist Police Commissioner Who Called President Obama The N-Word Has Resigned

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CNN is reporting that Robert Copeland, a police commissioner in New Hampshire who unapologetically used a racial slur when referring to the President, has decided to resign from office. The town of Wolfeboro, NH, with a population slightly over 6,000, was caught up in a heated national story when it was revealed that Copeland had called President Obama “that f***ing n*gger” at a local restaurant in March. When confronted about it by a local paper two months later, he did not deny using the slur and claimed that the President “meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

After The Granite State News ran Copeland’s letter, which was in response to a resident of the town who objected to the police commissioner publicly espousing his racist views, residents of the town demanded Copeland’s resignation. the story made national headlines, as it was just another example of an old (Copeland is 82) white man saying hatefully racist things about blacks. His racist behavior seemed to fall right in line with what we saw from Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling.

Prior to and during the town meeting that was held last week where dozens of residents called for Copeland’s resignation, the town’s two other police commissioners said they would not force Copeland to abdicate his position. Instead, they said they’d speak privately with him but allow him to make the decision himself. This was seen by some of the residents as an endorsement of Copeland’s views and an effort by the other two to protect Copeland. The meeting itself was very heated, with the vast majority of speakers publicly denouncing Copeland’s comments and asking for him to leave his position. Only two spoke in his defense.

Below is video of the meeting in its entirety, courtesy of GovernmentOversite.com:

 

 

On Sunday, former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney called for Copeland to resign, when he released the following statement, per CNN:

“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign.” 

Perhaps that was the final straw for Copeland. When the guy that you voted for in 2012, who also spends a lot of time in New Hampshire, thinks you should resign, then there is really nothing left for you to do but send in your letter and go away. That is what Copeland did on Monday. I am sure most of the town is saying, “Good riddance!”

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20 Replies to “Racist Police Commissioner Who Called President Obama The N-Word Has Resigned”

  1. I am kind of curious why a town of just over 6,000 needs THREE police commissioners. Tacoma WA, with a population of just over 200,000 has ONE.
    This dunsel was obviously supercargo LONG ago. He should have been dumped overboard when his dementia became so rampantly apparent.

  2. Another bitter, old, White guy who will probably die believing that he didn’t do/say anything wrong/inappropriate and was the victim in this sordid mess. At least he didn’t deny saying it, but the fact that he doubled down on it is more than troubling. Glad the town stood up against him.

  3. The republican brain is a very sad and depressing place! someone here quite eloquently described it as “THE LIZARD BRAIN” and I wholeheartedly agree! the republican is highly susceptible to FEAR- SELFISHNES- HATE- TRIBALISM and totally bereft of common sense, let alone critical thinking! And manifestations of those primitive thought possesses is why theirs so easily manipulated . Heres ONE small example, rush limbaugh proudly declared RACISM IS DEAD!!, because Obama became president! whether he really believed that nonsense or not, his audience bought that foolishness. republicans lack the mental ability of common sense! RACISM isn’t dead! the donald sterling’s the cliven bundy’s the richard copelands didn’t just magically pop up! they’ve been here since man started walking upright. The ONLY people who believe racism is DEAD!!, are white republicans! and when did they become experts on being VICTIMS of racism??

  4. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/abouthouse/housefacts.htm

    NH House Facts…….
    “Although threatened with reprisals from the British Crown and a bitterly divided constituency, New Hampshire’s leaders set the course for self-government in January 1776. Determined to keep the government close to the people, our forefathers fixed the size of the House of Representatives as a direct ratio to the state’s population. The first House consisted of 87 members, each one representing 100 families. As time passed and the population increased, the number of Representatives grew, until there were 443. In 1942, a constitutional amendment limited the size of the House to 400 but not less than 375 members. As a result, the New Hampshire House is the largest state legislative body in the United States.”

    I guess that’s just the way we roll in NH!! LOL!

  5. Before some idiot says it: His “first amendment rights” were NOT violated. He is suffering the consequence of his actions as dictated by the court of public opinion. No one took away his right to speak his mind. In this country, you can be an asshat if you wish. The general tolerance level for asshats is dropping rapidly.

  6. Look for him to be booked for an interview on Hannity’s show so that he can rationalize his conduct and defend his “right to free speech” in … 3 … 2 … 1 …

  7. It is not out of place to see old men and women in cities and suburbs draw from their upbringing what their time and place made them to think and act upon when relating to others who seem different from themselves.
    Racial slurs consist in the language of categories of people namely the old soldiers of cultures and population groups like this police commissioner.

    But it is surprising that a high ranking police officer like Robert Copeland could bring this racial slurring to himself and department.

    Resigning from his office is an immediate thing he should do but he must be made to understand that racism and prejudice as a time frame or an era have changed so is the language of using racing slurs to communicate. He must live in a world faced with change and avoid treating others as inferiors to himself. All races are equal and must be treated with appropriate language devoid of ethnic slurs.

    He must apologize to all he has caused pain by using his position to demean others by…

  8. People like Donald Sterling and Robert Copeland are only symptomatic of the institutionalized racism this country hasn’t ome to terms with. They are elderly white men who came along at time when it was considered perfectly acceptable to openly denigrate non-whites, especially blacks. Removing them from powerful positions from which they can do a great deal of harm is the right thing to do, but the racism they embody is much more insidious. Among the more frightening aspects of racism are the Republican attempts to disenfranchise Democratic-voting blocs which includes black folks. The GOP’S heartless, poverty-producing policies affect people of all races, but are particularly toxic to poor and middle class black folks. Then we have the US Supreme Court ruling that basically guts the Voting Rights Act. There have also lately been disheartening cases in which young black folks, especially boys, have been killed with no consequences to their racist killers. It’s scary.

  9. Okay, good, but in the piece I read yesterday, at least one other Police Commissioner felt the man was justified. Time for the town to vote those old white bigots OUT!!!

  10. Resigning is not enough. He should be made to stand in the square with an apology sign, even if it’s against his will.

  11. Just to clarify, Robert Copeland was not a member of the police department. He was a member of the police commission that oversees complaints about the police department. I don’t really know anything about the Wolfeboro Police Dept so can’t comment on them. But criticisms based on Copeland’s comments should not be directed at the police dept.

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