Robert Copeland, the New Hampshire police commissioner who used the N-word to identify President Barack Obama decided to resign this week, after intense pressure from his community to do so. A Wolfeboro, N.H. resident told reporters she overheard Copeland using the word in a restaurant about two months ago. Initially, the 82 year old was unapologetic about the incident in a response to a letter the resident wrote to the town manager, implying that the current president fits his description of the word.
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic),” Copeland wrote. “For this, I do not apologize – he meets and exceeds my criteria for such…”
But on May 15, Copeland had no choice but to listen to the angry cries, from his mostly white constituents, for his resignation. Wolfeboro, a small town in the central part of the state reportedly only has about 20 African Americans who reside there. It gained notoriety in the 2012 election, as GOP candidate Mitt Romney spent family and vacation time there.
Romney also called on Copeland to resign.
“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign,” Romney told reporters at CNN.