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Monday, May 19, 2014

Robert Copeland, a police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, who admitted calling President Barack Obama the N-word and said he wouldn't apologize for it emailed his resignation on Monday. It said simply: "I resign." Overheard making the racist slur in a local restaurant, the 82-year-old Copeland defended it and said, "For this, I do not apologize -- he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

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Mitt Romney has a vacation home in Wolfeboro. He said this weekend, "The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign."

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"For this, I do not apologize -- he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

Why did nobody ask him what the "criteria for such" is?

I guess it doesn't matter anyway since he obviously was forced to resign and didn't want to - hence the terse resignation email.

But it would have been interesting or at least funny to hear how he would have answered that.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-19 05:04 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

His defenders here in Wolfeboro compared his plight to Sterling---private speech not made to be publicized.

Talk is next commish will keep his mouth shut and 'they' still won't become cops.

#2 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-19 05:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

what a cracker...

#3 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-19 05:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

BTW. Bigot is Robert Copeland.

And it's WOLFEBORO.

#4 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-19 05:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Anyone think blacks get equal protection in a town where the police commissioner freely uses the n-word -- to describe the President no less?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-19 05:11 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Wolfeboro is a gorgeous, upscale small town on Lake Winnepesaukee. I've been there at least a dozen times over the last three decades. It is the kind of place where it is easy to imagine Mitt Romney having a Summer home. It also is a fairly liberal and progressive place. I am surprised the Police Commissioner was such a clear racist.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-05-19 05:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

"His defenders here in Wolfeboro compared his plight to Sterling---private speech not made to be publicized."

When he was asked about it publicly he basically repeated the slur by saying Obama fits all the criteria for the n-word.

Sterling actually deserves more consideration because he said what he said in his home, didn't repeat it pubicly and isn't a public official.

People should be allowed to be racists but racists can't be allowed to be public officials.

#7 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-19 05:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sterling's gal pal was taping him openly, with his permission, not a NSA thing. It's 'he said she said' about how it got out but what kind of dope says stuff for the record and then complains about it getting out? It was coming out sooner or later, edited or not.

Copeland is known for his beliefs. At 82, no one didn't know how he felt. Publicly town may seem liberal but his repeated election says otherwise. He had to go to keep those tourist dollars from NY and elsewhere coming.

#8 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-19 05:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Its fascinating how often 'n-word' is used and accepted today. Would it have been better if he said the president is an 'n-word'? Just wondering

#9 | Posted by FEARTHEKOOLAID at 2014-05-19 05:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

It is the kind of place where it is easy to imagine Mitt Romney having a Summer home. It also is a fairly liberal and progressive place. I am surprised the Police Commissioner was such a clear racist.
#6 | Posted by moder8

I think the story goes like this: Those places are still nice because the police serve as a backstop against the undesirables gaining a foothold in the community. And that's the way everybody who matters in that town wants it.

See also: If blood for oil is the true cost of driving a SUV, a lot of people think that's worth it.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-19 06:15 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

He should have apologized, and did not.
I still do not agree with driving someone out of work because he has bizarre thoughts.

#11 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-19 06:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

I still do not agree with driving someone out of work because he has bizarre thoughts.

That's an overly charitable description of calling the President a n-----.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-19 06:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I still do not agree with driving someone out of work because he has bizarre thoughts.
#11 | Posted by Diablo"

Well thankfully people like you are marginalized, and have no power or influence in society.

#13 | Posted by montecore at 2014-05-19 06:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

It's gotten to the point where even officers who have sworn to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help them God can get fired for what they say in private conversations.

If Mitt had won in 2012 we would not be having this problem.

No citation necessary.

Hillary '16: Wolfeboro welcomes people like her and Mitt.

#14 | Posted by BradfordWinston at 2014-05-19 06:45 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

"Racism does not exist in America anymore. So don't bother going down that road." -- Anne Coulter

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-05-19 07:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

BTW. Bigot is Robert Copeland.

Fixed. Thanks for the corrections.

#16 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-19 07:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

I still do not agree with driving someone out of work because he has bizarre thoughts.

You think government officials shouldn't be pressured to resign after saying extremely racist things in public places, confirming what they said and refusing to apologize? This guy is an unapologetic racist. He shouldn't be anywhere near a leadership position in government.

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-19 08:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Since we know that racism is over in America(according the RNC) this must be the last Racist in America!

Yay! We caught the last one!

party time

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-05-19 08:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

People don't become racists overnight. He's 82 years old, for Christ's sake. He probably should have been "driven out of work" fifteen years ago.

Maybe the graft was too good to let go.

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-19 09:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

17: I know. What a weird comment from Devil. Diablo, why do you think an unrepentant racist should be allowed to be a police officer? What sort of treatment do you think a black suspect would be likely to get from this guy? Very strange. If he had been taped in his home, I might at least understand invasion of privacy, but this? He said it out loud, where anyone could hear, right? And then defended the statement publicly? If he feels this way about a president, how might be feel about a black tourist passing through? What if that person drove an old, beat-up car and wore a hoodie?

#20 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-19 10:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

It also is a fairly liberal and progressive place. I am surprised the Police Commissioner was such a clear racist.

#6 | Posted by moder8

Me, too. Liberals and progressives are usually much better at disguising their racism.

#21 | Posted by American1st at 2014-05-19 10:37 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

PRAG

Not just a police officer ~ The Police Commissioner

FTA "Copeland was one of three members of the police commission, which hires, fires and disciplines officers and sets their salaries."

The nasty old coot holds the lives of other people in the palm of his hands.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-19 11:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

The worrying thing is that it is likely that these sentiments did not
just manifest themselves, say, in the last couple of years.
Its likely that he has been holding to them all of his working life.
I wonder how much "justice" he has dispensed to ordinary black folk in that time?

#23 | Posted by Sord at 2014-05-20 01:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

Someone I know said (in relation to this story) that n----- was a way of life and not a color. What does that even mean? Is it related to "thug life"?

#24 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-05-20 02:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

Anyone think blacks get equal protection in a town where the police commissioner freely uses the n-word

In Whitecracker New Hampshire?

I am guessing they are protected from "walking while black" every day of the week.

#25 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-20 08:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

22: Indeed. Even worse. Makes my consternation even stronger. (And I knew that; uncharacteristically, I was being imprecise in my use of language.)

#26 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-20 08:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

25: Please don't assume that NH is filled with racist police officers. That would be... prejudicial of you.

#27 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-20 08:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

Even if someone secretly thinks things like that... if he isn't smart enough to know better than actually say it he doesn't have the judgement required to have a gun or give order to those that do.

#28 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-05-20 09:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

Please don't assume that NH is filled with racist police officers. That would be... prejudicial of you.

#27 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-20 08:44 AM | Reply | Fl

He knows better prag. He's just trolling using "walking while black" and "cracker" is him trying to be outrageous from his mom's basement.

#29 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-05-20 09:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

'Please don't assume that NH is filled with racist police officers'

It's hard to be a racist where there are 6,300 whites and 20 blacks. You really have to try hard.

#30 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-20 04:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

"17: I know. What a weird comment from Devil. Diablo, why do you think an unrepentant racist should be allowed to be a police officer? What sort of treatment do you think a black suspect would be likely to get from this guy?"

Read all my comments about him first, Prag.
I early on said he wears a uniform and has to know he is under a different standard.
Got that?
I also said he should have apologized but he did not.
Okay?
I think he did something wrong.
Still with me?
It jeopardizes any arrest if a chief does not correct such comments. This chief did not do so.
On the other hand, and this is what cement heads like you just do not get, it was an opinion. Lacking any evidence his department has railroaded blacks, I say stealing one's income and livelihood because people are pissed is wrong.

#31 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-21 01:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

P.S., Prag:
If Eric Holder said someone fit all his criteria of being a white racist m##########r, should he resign?

#32 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-21 01:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

#32 | Posted by Diablo

No, that's justified racism. Besides, white people are jerks so they deserve it.

#33 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-05-21 04:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

DIABLO

"What ifs" don't cut it. They're just more of your usual deflections. If you like facts, then stick to the "what is."

This Police Commissioner wasn't forced to resign because of some political cutthroatery. He's was forced out by an outraged community who decided that he, an elected official, (let's don't forget that) went bananas in public and disgraced his office and, in their opinion, the whole town.

By saying "stealing one's livelihood" you're trying to make it sound like he was going to end up living under a bridge in a cardboard box.

It would be a safe bet that this guy's standard of living isn't going to change one bit. What will change, however, is a new commissioner that represents them instead of himself.

#34 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-21 05:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

31: Cementhead? Really? You usually maintain civility with me, and I with you. Note that I was not crapping on you but asking questions and being surprised. Consider it this way: He's a public servant; he really should have apologized and moved on, even if he didn't believe his apology. I'm not saying he has been a bad public servant; I'm saying his attitude presents serious questions. So... do you think the public has a right to take action against servants they believe are failing or presenting dangerous ideas? Really? So impeachment should be impossible?

And given that he's 82 and has been doing this a while, I doubt his livelihood is in jeopardy. Unless he's a financial idiot in addition to his other flaws.

As for Holder, that's just silly. The example you propose is not analogous. But if Holder started speaking on someone's inside thoughts and beliefs, that would be odd and perhaps problematic. If he said "Crime X fits the criteria of a hate crime," a statement actually within his bailiwick, I would not have a problem with that (assuming he could go on to list those criteria). If he said, "John Boehner fits my criteria of ------ cracker," then yes, I'd have a problem with that.

#35 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-21 09:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

On the other hand, and this is what cement heads like you just do not get, it was an opinion. Lacking any evidence his department has railroaded blacks, I say stealing one's income and livelihood because people are pissed is wrong.

#31 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-21 01:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

Who is stealing anything? Why is he entitled to a job as police comissioner? He made comments that revealed that he can't be trusted to do his job properly and when asked about them publicly, he stood by them. He was fired because he's not qualified to do his job.

He's not a victim and if you feel the need to make him into one, you should probably ask yourself why.

#36 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-21 09:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

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