Town officials in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire confirmed today (May 19, 2014) that the police commissioner who was heard publicly calling President Obama the "n-word" -- sparking nationwide outrage -- has resigned, according to the Washington Post website.
Robert Copeland, 82 -- vice chairman of Wolfeboro's three-member police commission -- turned in his resignation to the head of the police commission late last night, town officials confirmed.
His resignation comes as several of New Hampshire's most prominent politicians -- including Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Gov. Maggie Hassan -- had called for Copeland's ouster.
"Commissioner Copeland's reprehensible comments dishonor law enforcement officials across our state who work hard to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly, and the remarks do not represent the values of New Hampshire residents," said William Hinkle, a spokesman for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. "Governor Hassan believes that he should listen to the people of Wolfeboro and New Hampshire and apologize and step down in order to restore confidence in the Commission."