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Friday, May 16, 2014

A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town says he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word. Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, 82, confirmed using the word when resident Jane O'Toole complained to the town manager after hearing him say it at a restaurant. Copeland faced angry residents calling for his resignation at a meeting this week. "I believe I did use the 'N' word in reference to the current occupant of the White House," Copeland wrote in the email to fellow police commissioners. "For this, I do not apologize -- he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

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Before anyone gets rankled, I just say do the James O'Keefe thing and return the favor of making private liberal speech public. It actually improves the country over the long haul.

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Absurd. Criteria? There are acceptable criteria for calling someone an offensive racist term? Wow.

#1 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-16 11:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

And "predominantly white" is funny. I'd be surprised, perhaps shocked, if there were even a single black person in Wolfeboro.

#2 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-16 11:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

.. "I believe I did use the 'N' word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse," Copeland said in the email to his fellow police commissioners, part of which he forwarded to O'Toole. "For this, I do not apologize -- he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

Copeland, who has declined to be interviewed, is one of three members of the police commission, which hires, fires and disciplines officers and sets their salaries. He ran unopposed for re-election and secured another three-year term on March 11.

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Town Manager David Owen said Thursday that while he finds Copeland's comment "reprehensible," he and the board of selectmen have no authority to remove an elected official. He said he expected a large number of residents would call for Copeland's resignation at the police commission meeting, and they did.

More than 100 people packed into the meeting room at the Wolfeboro Public Library, where librarian Joyce Davis said she can't remember an issue in 40 years that has sparked so much emotion and outcry. Many of the people wore on their shirts handmade stickers saying, "Resign," directed at Copeland.

"Comments like these, especially coming from a public official, are not only inexcusable but also terribly, unfortunately, reflects poorly on our town," said O'Toole, who was met with resounding applause.

Commissioner Ron Goodgame, in response to a challenge from O'Toole about whether he and Commission Chairman Joseph Balboni Jr. endorse Copeland's comments, said, "It's neither my view or Commissioner Balboni's view that the remarks are condoned."

Balboni told the Concord Monitor he didn't plan to ask Copeland to resign. He said after the meeting the three commissioners would meet privately soon to "solve the matter" before making an announcement.

Nearly two dozen speakers at Thursday's meeting called on Copeland to quit, and two spoke in his defense. Resident Frank Bader mocked those who took offense at Copeland's comments in a state that prizes freedom.

"All this man did was express his displeasure with the man who's in office," Bader said.

#3 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-16 11:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

That's all he did? He didn't call the President of the United States a loaded racist term? Huh. I guess I can't read.

Hey, Bader: It's possible to express displeasure with someone without resorting to insults. When you fight with your wife, do you always call her a c---?

#4 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-16 11:37 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#4 - Only when she meets the criteria.

#5 | Posted by schmanch at 2014-05-16 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 6

... return the favor of making private liberal speech public.

Are we supposed to feel sorry for this clown over how his racist comment got out? He said it in a public place in earshot of a resident, she complained and he confirmed he said it.

#6 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-16 05:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

82 and working in law enforcement?

Retire the old dirt bag already.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-16 05:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

And "predominantly white" is funny. I'd be surprised, perhaps shocked, if there were even a single black person in Wolfeboro.

#2 | POSTED BY PRAGMATIST

Article says there are about 20.

#8 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-05-16 06:02 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

No Country For Old Men.

#9 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-05-16 06:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

If gay men can kiss in public, and that's not offensive, why should the N word be?

Oh.. well it makes certain people uncomfortable. Hummmmm.... but AK-47 T-shirts... they do too.

Let's just ban anything that makes anyone at all uncomfortable. Taxes anyone?

#10 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-16 06:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

"If gay men can kiss in public, and that's not offensive, why should the N word be?"

Thanks for opening a can of worms sam.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-16 06:12 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Absurd. Criteria? There are acceptable criteria for calling someone an offensive racist term? Wow.
#1 | Posted by pragmatist

Yep, it seems to be acceptable in all branches and levels of government, especially when it's Black officials talking about other Black Officials.

#12 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-05-16 06:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Before anyone gets rankled, I just say do the James O'Keefe thing and return the favor of making private liberal speech public. It actually improves the country over the long haul.

Posted by Diablo at 05:32 PM |

In case you hadn't noticed, "the james o keefe thing" is actually to go film a bunch of stuff, edit out the parts that don't fit your pre-determined republican fantasy, and then parade it across republican propaganda channels as if you're some sort of journalist who just proved something.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-16 07:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

If gay men can kiss in public, and that's not offensive, why should the N word be?

Oh.. well it makes certain people uncomfortable. Hummmmm.... but AK-47 T-shirts... they do too.

Let's just ban anything that makes anyone at all uncomfortable. Taxes anyone?

#10 | Posted by sames1

So are you upset that gay men don't have to hide their true selves from the world, or that you can't say the N-word? Or both?

Second question: Republican, right?

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-16 07:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

free speech just KILLS you people when you can't control it doesn't it?

fine him ? discipline him ? okay if they want.......

but he says he won't apologize...good !

it's time we stop bending over every time something like this happens when you people have virtual carte blanche on what you call people and talk about conservatives and I, am of course, referring to outside the confines of our neighborhood here..

now's when you people call me names....have at it, because I know you think you know all about me merely because I believe in the first amendment....oh and.........I could care less.

#15 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-05-16 07:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Well if we're going to all start saying whatever we think and being intimate in public I'm off to engage in mopery.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-16 08:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

now's when you people call me names....have at it, because I know you think you know all about me merely because I believe in the first amendment....oh and.........I could care less.

#15 | Posted by afkabl2

Funny how you just jump in so quick to defend the first amendment whenever it's a bigot spouting racism. If you're trying to be a hero, pick a cause that isn't quite so revealing about yourself.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-16 09:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

My you are sensitive tonight, Speak.
I merely mean record people saying offensive stuff. I don't care if they are right or left wing. What happened to Sterling, for example, is a classic example of letting people know what snobs are actually like in private.
This police chief should realize he is wearing a uniform and must behave with honor at all times.
I think it improves the culture to make all realize they are accountable.

#18 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-16 10:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

And don't forget, O'Keefe helped drop Acorn. He is not always off target.

#19 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-16 10:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sure he was just missunderstood or it was taken out of context -- the teahadists/fox zombie/Glenn Beckkk crowd.

#20 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-05-16 11:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

"If gay men can kiss in public, and that's not offensive, why should the N word be? "

Wow, did you hurt yourself stretching like that?

"Let's just ban anything that makes anyone at all uncomfortable. Taxes anyone?"

And who said it should be banned? I missed that. The article shows that a fair number of the citizens of the town that he serves are offended by his speech and apparent beliefs. We are, each of us, free to say what we want, and we are free to face the consequences.

"Yep, it seems to be acceptable in all branches and levels of government, especially when it's Black officials talking about other Black Officials. "

Huh?

"This police chief should realize he is wearing a uniform and must behave with honor at all times."

Again, Diablo, we find ourselves in agreement. Always weird, always heartening. ; )

#21 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-16 11:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

he also did this with ------- in front of it, loudly, in a local restaurant.
so, this defense of expressing his 'freedom" ...there may even be a law against it. the restaurant should sue him.

sounds like the 3 commissioners have a little klan in 'em.

i hope they're all out of a job soon.

#22 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-05-17 04:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

he also did this with ------- in front of it, loudly, in a local restaurant.
so, this defense of expressing his 'freedom" ...there may even be a law against it. the restaurant should sue him.

sounds like the 3 commissioners have a little klan in 'em.

i hope they're all out of a job soon.

#23 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-05-17 04:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

[T]he restaurant should sue him.

This stupid crap is spit out incessantly. There are four fundamental elements to a lawsuit; duty, breach, causation and damages.

In your imagination, what legal duty was owed and how was it breached? If so, how did that breach cause damages and what are they?

#24 | Posted by et_al at 2014-05-17 05:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

I would probably get in trouble for linking the song, but the tune 'MY Nword' is what comes to mind. There only seems to be a problem with it when non black people use it. The same standard seems to apply when black people get beaten up by the cops: black cops do it = ok.

#25 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-17 10:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

This obsession with PC and word code needs to end. All it is is a strategy by the elites to keep us divided, while their media refuse to expose corruption and real issues, and their banker cronies pillage our treasury and involve us in pet wars of opportunity.

#26 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-17 10:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

I would probably get in trouble for linking the song, but the tune 'MY Nword' is what comes to mind. There only seems to be a problem with it when non black people use it. The same standard seems to apply when black people get beaten up by the cops: black cops do it = ok.
#25 | Posted by Shawn

That's not relevant here. This guy wasn't using the N-word to call out a double standard. He was using it to insult.

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-17 04:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why did President Obama, the first Hafrican American president in US history, use the N-word to refer to his own grandfather?
#28 | Posted by HafricanPride

It was a welfare program for trolls that you are now cashing in on.

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-17 10:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

'Why did President Obama, the first Hafrican American president in US history, use the N-word to refer to his own grandfather?"

I need a link for that one.

#31 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-17 11:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

I need to check DR policy again. Why is 'halfrican' acceptable while 'mulatto' or 'octoroon' likely an invitation to a warning at least?
We keep seeing new phrases, supposedly hip, to replace the 'offensive' ones.
It's much like Grandmaster Flash's original music being supplanted by Eminiem minstrel show imitations.

#34 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-18 01:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

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