POLITICS
05/19/2014 01:18 pm ET | Updated May 20, 2014

Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Resigns Over Racist Comments About Obama

Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, who recently acknowledged using a racial slur while talking about President Barack Obama, has resigned, according to WMUR and the Washington Post.

Copeland had previously refused to apologize or resign over the comments, which were overheard by a resident of the New Hampshire town and acknowledged by Copeland in an email to his fellow police commissioners.

"I believe I did use the 'N' word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse," Copeland's email said, according to the AP. "For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such."

Political leaders and residents of Wolfeboro had called on Copeland to resign. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also spoke out against "the vile epithet."

“He should apologize and resign," Romney said in a statement.

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