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Just days after he said he wouldn’t apologize for calling President Obama the N-word, the police commissioner in a small New Hampshire town finally resigned on Monday amid pressure from residents and politicians.

Robert Copeland’s defiance even caught Mitt Romney’s attention, who came to Obama’s aid and called on the police commissioner to apologize and resign. Romney owns a vacation home on Lake Winnipesaukee, near the town of Wolfeboro, the town in question.

“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign,” Romney said in a statement provided to CNN.

In an email to Joseph Balboni, Police Commission chairman of Wolfeboro, Copeland sent his short and to the point letter of resignation.

“Dear Commission Chairman Balboni, I resign,” wrote Copeland in the email.

His compliance was a stark difference from his demeanor last week — on Thursday the 82-year-old sat, arms crossed, at a town hall meeting and refused to apologize while acknowledging that he did, in fact, use the racial epithet.

Jane O’Toole, who moved to Wolfeboro four months ago, said she overheard Copeland use the word at a restaurant in March.

“It’s not like I was eavesdropping. Mr. Copeland was being very loud,” O’Toole told CNN affiliate WMUR.

She wrote to the town manager about the incident, and Copeland replied with a letter to O’Toole.

“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic),” Copeland wrote. “For this, I do not apologize – he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

Copeland has yet to apologize, although he has resigned. Which just goes to show you…he’s standing for what he believes in. Sadly.


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