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Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Controversy Over Racist Remark

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Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland has resigned, according to the town police department. 

This move follows days of controversy after reports last week that he publicly used a racial slur to describe President Obama.  Copeland admitted to using the term when a resident sent him an email complaint, writing back, “For this I do not apologize—he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

He remained unapologetic at a Police Commission meeting last week. 

The Town Manager and Board of Selectmen issued a statement condemning the remarks and calling on him to resign, while noting they had no legal authority to remove him from his elected office. 

News of Copeland’s comments triggered a slew of complaints from across the country, and threats to boycott visiting the state. 

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