The Wolfeboro, New Hampshire police commissioner lives in a predominantly white New Hampshire town and openly slings racial slurs to African Americans. Furthermore, he says he won’t apologize for it. In particular, the highest profile person who has received his racist attacks has been the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, 82, openly called President Obama the N-word, while angry residents voiced their discontent with the racist head of their police department.
Comissioner Copeland sat with his arms crossed at a meeting where locals called for his resignation on Thursday.
Town resident Jane O’Toole, who moved to town just four months ago. She said she originally overheard Copeland barking the slur at a restaurant back in March. She then wrote to the town manager about it. But Copeland said in an email to her that he acknowledged using the slur but he did not believe he should have to apologize for it, or backtrack one inch on the use of the word.
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse,” Copeland said.
“For this, I do not apologize,” he said to other officers, in the email he forwarded to O’Toole, “he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
Copeland ran unopposed for re-election and secured another three-year term just this past March 11.
There are only about 20 African American residents of Wolfeboro. The town only boasts a population of 6,300 in all. The town is set in the scenic Lakes Region, in the central part of New Hampshire. The state itself is only 1% African American and 94% Caucasian. There is not one single non-white member of the police force.
The citizens of this small New Hampshire town say that their lack of diversity is more a testimony to their historical demographics, rather than an indication that this racist police commissioner speaks for them. They are calling for him to step down. Spread the word and help them get their message across!