Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Resigns over Use of N-Word to Refer to Obama; Townspeople React

Larissa Mulkern, Union Leader, May 19, 2014

The police commissioner who came under fire after slinging a racial slur about President Obama, who then refused to apologize after an enraged community demanded his removal, has resigned.

In a statement released Monday, Wolfeboro Police Commission Chair Joe Balboni, Jr., confirmed that Commissioner Bob Copeland tendered his resignation in a brief email he received at 10:34 p.m. Sunday night. The e-mail stated, “Dear Commission Chairman Balboni, I resign. Bob Copeland.”

Copeland, 82, was elected to his second three-year term in March. Praised by some for his leadership and public spirit, Copeland came under fire after resident Jane O’Toole overheard him calling President Obama a racial slur while dining at a local restaurant in March. O’Toole ultimately complained to town officials and the police commission.

Last week, more than 100 people turned out, many of whom called for Copeland’s resignation. Copeland is a retired corporate attorney who also served as an officer with the U.S. Navy.


Coverage of the incident has garnered international attention. On Friday, Police Chief Stuart Chase said both the dispatch center and town hall had been deluged by angry callers, some of whom mistakenly thought that the police commissioner was a sworn officer. He said calls came from as far away as Alaska and Canada.


In a statement Friday, Town Manager David Owen and the Board of Selectmen called for Copeland’s resignation. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who owns a vacation home in Wolfeboro, also called for Copeland to resign.


Commissioners Balboni and Ron Goodgame will fill the vacancy with an appointee. {snip}


“What the town will take away from this is that politicians better watch what they say,” said Goodgame. He said Copeland has been a “terrific friend” over the years and said he hoped in time the friendship would heal. Both Commissioners Goodgame and Balboni denounced Copeland’s comment.


Whitney White, an African American who attended and now works at Brewster Academy, said while she’s happy Copeland resigned, she noted how he had not apologized.

Town Manager David Owen was also pleased to hear of the resignation, but said Copeland could have saved the town from angst had he resigned sooner.

“It’s too bad it took so long for (the resignation) to happen. He put a lot of people through a lot of angst,” he said.

Owen said town officials reacted quickly to the controversy created by Copeland’s comments after

“The whole thing could have been averted by Mr. Copeland if he apologized. He could have said, ‘Gee, I was drinking and I shouldn’t have made that remark,’ and that would have been the end of it,” Owen said.


Copeland, 82, came under fire after a resident overheard him call President Obama a “f****** [N-word]” at a restaurant in March, then brought the incident to the attention of town and police officials.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Wolfeboro, huh? Isn’t that awfully close to Salem, MA?
    I’m just saying….

    • ElComadreja

      Not really. Well I guess it depends on what you mean by close.

  • Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who owns a vacation home in Wolfeboro, also called for Copeland to resign.

    After this, none of us should be crying in our beer about Romney not winning. The more I see of him, the more I’m glad he didn’t win, and the more I realize that the white people who either didn’t vote or couldn’t bring themselves to turn out Obama for him and wound up punching the Obama button may have known what they were doing. Not helping Romney’s cause in the postmortem is the fact that a lot of his former staffers are part of the conga line that includes former McCain people and former Bush 43 people all over the place squaking for amnesty.

  • dd121

    I see what he did there. If I use the “N” word on AmRen my comment is forced to resign.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Not only was Chief Copeland forced to resign but he also has to pay a $2 million fine to the NBA.

      • dd121

        At lest the other team owner is fighting his fine and forced sale. These sports entities, who have a unique legal status, may not want to go there,

      • jane johnson

        And he’s been un-friended by Magic Johnson.

        • DonReynolds

          Before or after his sugarbaby was infected with the AIDS virus?

      • DonReynolds

        And the city MUST appoint the radical Ms Jane O’Toole, to his vacant office…..where she will continue to eavesdrop on private conversations in restaurants during lunchtime.

  • tlk244182

    I’m glad Copeland didn’t apologize. And I’m disgusted with Romney.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “The whole thing could have been averted by Mr. Copeland if he apologized. He could have said, ‘Gee, I was drinking and I shouldn’t have made that remark,’ and that would have been the end of it,” Owen said.
      He’s 82 and just told a lot of people to go eff themselves by not apologizing.

      More power to him.

      • DonReynolds

        This was the biggest lie I have read in months. Blah, blah, blah….if only he had got down on his knees and kissed black feet…..that would have been the end of it. The biggest lie I have read.

        • ElComadreja

          It hasn’t helped a single one of them. Dawg, Imus, Michael Richards, Paula Deen etc. They’ve groveled and been destroyed anyway. Liberals are more forgiving of child rapists than anyone that calls their black minions by their proper name.

          • DonReynolds

            I have been impressed by the eagerness of the Leftist Liberals to attack and eat their own kind in recent years. (You forgot Mr. Donald Sterling, who still is a billionaire Liberal cash cow.)

            It is kinda like in the Army. What is important is discipline. The actual infraction is not important or material, but an example must be made occasionally. It does not matter what blacks prefer to be called. Big deal. What matters very much is they keep their swords sharp and the threat real. Defiance is the first step toward freedom and until we learn to defy them, we are ruled by fearful example.

  • I blogged this police commish story twice on my site and got a response from, I believe, two of the townspeople. One of them was disgusted by the town’s reaction, which I consider good.

    BUT, he was “disturbed” by my tab on race realism in which I state that I desire a white homeland. He was on board with condemning the public lynching of Mr. Copeland, yet as a good conservative he could not bring himself to approve of our desire to segregate or separate. He was also critical of diversity and much of what we condemn here. But he was “DISTURBED” by the concept of a white homeland.

    I don’t quite get it, but at least the Wolfeboro folks, some of them, aren’t happy that their town’s insane reaction to busybody Jane O’Toole who should be screwed around with and shunned for her nosy, busybody ways.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Lots of lame-o mainstream conservatives are offended by the idea of a white homeland, but in the coming years they’ll warm up to it.

      • Nonhumans

        If we let them in. It will come down to their political leanings and track records. It goes without saying that no minorities will be welcome, but we will have to be twice as vigilant to exclude the libtards and those like them. They can remain in and cherish the diversity that they so love and sing praises to.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Yeah, they don’t realize they have it so good because Wolfeboro is as close as you can get to a white homeland in this country.

    • TruthBeTold

      This is a good way to judge people in a group. Bring up a story like this and see who supports it.

      The people who stay silent are the ones you need to take aside later.

    • ElComadreja

      Wolfeboro is one of the whitest towns in America. We should resettle a few thousand blacks there and see what they call them in a few years. Love of blacks is proportional to your distance from them.

      • Tarczan

        Shaker Heights, Ohio encouraged darkies to move in about 50 years ago. The darkies stayed and all the liberals left. Pretty funny, they all moved to Beechwood, Chagrin Falls, Orange, away from the darkies.

  • WR_the_realist

    Once again a public official uses the n-word in a private conversation, is overheard, and the entire world has a conniption fit. These are the same news outlets that will censor reports about the knock out game.

    • ElComadreja

      He should have just denied it.

  • Pro_Whitey

    I’m glad he did not apologize, at least. And I understand Jane the Tool, the one who alerted the authorities, is a blow in just new to town, and apparently ready to wreck it. Dang, NH has it bad enough with all the Massachusetts refugees who are turning it into Mass.-lite, they don’t need rats.

    • DonReynolds

      You are probably totally correct…..Miss Jane O’Toole is probably Irish low-life Liberal Roman Catholic from Boston…..quick to correct the NH hicks to the blessings of diversity.

      • ElComadreja

        I’ll bet she left Ma. to get away from blacks and mestizos. These people are such hypocrites.

  • r j p

    Maybe Jane O’Toole will enjoy a visit from a “diversity team” soon.
    Can she still go to hot yoga if she has to wear a colostomy bag?
    Or would she be better off Channon-ed.

    • Epiminondas

      Channon-ed. Just pick her up and drop her off somewhere in a certain part of Boston where she is unlikely to make many friends.

      • IstvanIN

        Or she’d make very “close” friends.

  • Simonetta

    Well, an 82-year-old guy should be cut some slack for referring to the President as a “f***ing N!!!*r”. He’s 82.

    But, this guy should not be the Police Commissioner. Not at 82. Even in a town with no Presidents, no “!!!rs”, or, probably, not much “f***ing”.

    As for overhearing a private conversation, and informing on the guy to the PC ‘gestapo’, and then self-righteously gloating that you have purged another hidden racist, that is barbaric and disgraceful.

    It’s a shame that he had to resign in this fashion, but at 82, he still needed to go. Only US Supreme Court justices get to be drooling lunatics at 82+ and still get to keep their powerful positions. They and African dictators-for-life.

    Imagine how much fun Clarence Thomas is going to be when advancing age and Alzheimer’s loosen his normally quiet tongue.

    • IstvanIN

      Some people are quite with-it at 82.

      • DonReynolds

        My dad is 83 and I trust him much more than most of the clowns here….and he is an excellent pistol shooter.

  • MekongDelta69

    The ‘dreaded’ “N-word” is as insane an expression as “people of color.”

    “Oh, oh. I heard the “N-word”. I’m melting. I’m melting. I’ll get you and your little dog too.”

    • DonReynolds

      Defy them. They do not own the language. They cannot ban ANY word. They use the N-word themselves every day, their own comedians are famous for it. Consider a word low or rude if you like, but it is not a crime to be coarse or crude. They are making examples of their own kind to establish a precedent that they will use to justify when they come for everyone else.

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    Most of the people that wanted him to resign were white race traitors. The worst lot

    • ElComadreja

      Just wait till they find Jaquavious and his fambly living next door to them.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Remember that Michelle Obama wants students to report racist and insensitive behavior—while Copeland made his comments within earshot in a public gathering place and some ultra sensitive liberals felt that they had to insure he was punished–this is just the beginning, if Obama gets her way and ‘state owned’ students (parents don’t own their children) are brainwashed to report insensitive behavior or comments that don’t support minorities; there will likely be consequences similar to what Copeland and the owner of the Clippers are experiencing.

  • JDInSanD

    To the moderator: The story left out a very important quote –

    “In his response to the complaint, which was later printed in the local weekly paper, Copeland wrote, “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic). For this I do not apologize – he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.””

    concordmonitor com

    • saxonsun

      Wow. Fantastic.

  • OhWow

    Welcome to the new precedent set by the left and the Sterling BS. You can now have your life ruined and fired from your job for what you say in private even if you never act or make decisions based on that view.

    • DonReynolds

      ……and have your property confiscated……and driven from your own business…..and fired from the firm that you founded (or helped found).

      • Hallie Eva

        Recently read in a Southern California paper that the principal of a [Palmdale, I think] middle school announced over the loudspeaker that English only was to be allowed on the playground.
        No Mexican. [I will not call it Spanish].
        She was promptly fired.
        We are living in a police state.

        • DonReynolds

          I think it would be more accurate to say, that we are an occupied people…..and our overseers are replacing us with foreign invaders. We can surrender or resist. Begin with defiance.

          • Hallie Eva

            I defy, I defy. Yesterday in the big city was standing in line, the only open line, behind a Mestizo and her two characteristically hyperkinetic, out of control ninos. You know the kinds I mean, cannot stand still, literally jumping up and down, touching and rifling every thing they saw, pounding on the water fountain spigot. You name it, the girl even socking her at one point.
            The mum made half a**ed attempts to correct them, to no avail.
            The line was moving slowly because a not very bright Mestizo adult male was clerking.
            After about half an hour of this, I said out loud and LOUD with disgust: “Je-sus!!!.”
            [Sorry, know this will offend the Christians among us, but I am not one.]
            She asserted herself more strongly correcting them after that. Those behind us nodded in supportive affirmation.

    • ElComadreja

      And on say so yet.

  • Tully

    This is right out of Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany.

    What’s worrisome now, is even what you say in private can and will be held against you. That means you better be careful when you converse in a public like a diner or restaurant.

    • LACountyRedneck

      I’m self employed. 🙂

      • ElComadreja

        I’m retired. They can all go to Hell.

  • LACountyRedneck

    Good man.

  • silviosilver

    I am going to shamelessly spam a comment I left at another site earlier today. This article is just too appropriate not to.

    “I have a novel in the works then, entitled “The Fourteenth Letter or Fourteen Words?”. It’s about the UN High Commissioner for Thought Crimes, Mbili Wofuna Wofuna, who invents a brain-scanning method for detecting commission of the newly codified B-15-A-M offense, and the fight he leads against an international alliance of white separatist groups called 14W.

    The criminal code word stands for the letter ‘N’ (before the 15th letter; after ‘M’). While pronunciation of the devil letter has become taboo in society the actual criminal offense relates to having ever uttered or even so much as thought the dread ‘n-word.’ 14W, on other hand, stands for ‘the Fourteen Words’ – We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children – the white separatist credo.

    Wofuna Wofuna didn’t actually invent the high-tech apparatus that detects the crime, but he did provide the inspiration for it. Growing up in a society accustomed to evading the utterance of the actual ‘n-word’ through the use of ‘the n-word’ euphemism Wofuna Wofuna always suspected there was more going on than met the eye: people were saying ‘the n-word’ with a little too much gusto for his liking. It was this wariness that led Wofuna Wofuna to charge 14W with purposely creating a credo fourteen words long: it emphasized 14 – an obvious reference to the unutterable 14th letter – while providing plausible denial that the emphasis was on words, not letters.

    During the interrogation of a particularly obstinate suspect one day Wofuna Wofuna, in a fit of unthinking rage, demanded the suspect list every word beginning with ‘N’ that he’d ever spoken. The demand was obnoxious, but an enterprising, scientifically-minded Office functionary was struck by a thunderbolt: what if an instrument emitting the sound of the letter ‘N’ (nnnnnnnnn) could cause suspects to crack and confess their guilt? The theory was only those actually guilty of having spoken or thought the n-word would be affected; the innocent would show no reaction. The functionary ran the idea by Wofuna Wofuna. His eyes gleaming with excitement Wofuna Wofuna eagerly agreed to fund the project: this would be his secret weapon versus 14W.”

    • DonReynolds

      DEFIANCE is the beginning of FREEDOM.

  • DonReynolds

    This is that “frank discussion about race” that Eric (the Red) Holder talked about before….. and the purpose is to drive people who do not agree from public employment, and public office, and the marketplace. We need to be doing the same thing, and see how they like it.

  • DonReynolds

    The herd of grass chewers do not get too worried that one of their own is being pulled apart by the predators. As long as it is not them personally, they will go back to chewing their grass.

  • DonReynolds

    I will hear what you are saying the moment there is a similar reaction to black racist comments made in private conversation.

    Until then, this was nothing more than a lynch mob……which only justifies more lynch mobs.

    When being lynched, should the man being hanged apologize?

    No…..what more can they possibly do?

  • tlk244182

    It would be interesting if Copeland goes on Larry King or whatever and answers that question. You’re definitely on to something here. It could be the start of that conversation on race that Libs say we should have.

  • scutum

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. — When Jane O’Toole overheard an elected police commissioner calling President Obama a racial slur at a local restaurant back in March, she was bereft.
    She had moved to town four months earlier, and was smitten with Wolfeboro.
    I have noticed that many white women will take any opportunity to stick it to a white male with no regard for the long term consequences to the welfare of their race or country.

    • ElComadreja

      The white female is definitely the weak link that’s being exploited in the war on Caucasians.

  • ElComadreja

    Romney is a POS. I voted twice for him as governor and in the 2012 election but only because the alternatives were worse.

    • DonReynolds

      I do not know anyone (even Republicans) who are sad that Juan McCain was not president from 2009-2013. Yes, I think McCain would actually have been worse.

      • ElComadreja

        Quite possibly but he wouldn’t have had a race card to play and a compliant media to shield him.

      • Tarczan

        McCain impresses me as quite possibly being as stupid as Obama is.

  • 4321realist

    “Private conversation is overheard and reported; sinks popular police commissioner.”

    Yes, Big Brother is everywhere nowadays. Even the walls have ears.

    And freedom of speech means nothing if it falls outside the lines of acceptability by Big Brother, even in private. In the closet. Talking to the wall.

    But it’s perfectly o.k. for blacks to talk about killing whitey, hating whitey, white privilege, and exacting vicious paybacks on the street via black mob attacks that maim and murder.

    And it’s especially o.k. if somebody like Oprah Winfrey says that “All old white people need to die,” or Jamie Fox saying he loved killing white people in movies.

    And they needn’t worry about having to answer for their despicable hate because they’ll be given a pass. Nobody will even discuss it. Not even the conservative talk shows. A pass to hate and encourage other black savages to hate, kill and beat whitey.

    Big Brother can’t hear black hate when it is verbalized and he can’t see it either when it is acted out on in the streets.

    But Big Brother IS watching you. And he’s listening from the shadows too.

  • Dr. DA

    Obama is a racial slur.

  • saxonsun

    I’m a gay white woman. The moment your type stops bothering my type is the moment we stop making war on you. Until that moment you had better duck and cover.

    • DonReynolds

      I do not know why you think anyone cares that you are a white lesbian. Should we all declare our gender and sexual orientation when we post here or does it make a bit of difference? I probably bother you by existing but you do not matter to me at all. I am not going to duck and cover.

    • Wholly Unconvinced

      I am a straight white male, and I find the thought of ducking and taking cover from a confused female rather silly. But thanks for the warning.

    • Tarczan

      So for our wish to have the freedom of association you declare war on us? For our wish to end the welfare society? What claim do you have on our property?

  • 2eRep

    He should have been commended for telling the truth. I thought old people got a pass because of their generation. Harry Reid did for his negro dialect comment.

  • Drew

    I am old enough to have lived as a child in an America in which he might have been asked
    to resign for his use of he “F” word but not for his use of the “N” word. One word got
    cleaner at the expense of the other word?

  • rentslave

    Why didn’t he call him a ditsoon?