NH town shocked after racist comment by Police Commissioner

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- The Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen in Wolfeboro say they are appalled by the comments made by a Police Commissioner, calling them reprehensible.

Commissioner Robert Copeland called President Obama the N-word and refused to apologize.

Town officials in this lakeside community are not they only ones shocked. All around town we found people who are outraged.

"Just, very hurtful", said Wolfeboro resident Whitney White.

White says the comment is not representative of this community.

"It's a great place to raise a family, it's a great community, you feel safe here", she said.

Police Chief Stuart Chase spent the day defending his department when in fact this has nothing to do with him or his officers.

"It runs the whole gamut, disappointment, shock", he said.

Police Commissioners can hire, fire and set salaries for officers. They're elected by voters and are not part of the Department, something that was lost on many people from across the country who fired off nasty comments and calls directed at the department.

"Many callers have responded with vile, obscene and threatening comments, which are misdirected", said Chief Chase.

People who live here say they are angry they have spend time now defending their town against comments made by one individual.


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