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Police commissioner in New Hampshire resigns after fallout from use of slur to describe Obama

Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland listens Thursday May 15, 2014 in Wolfeboro, N.H. as town residents ask for his resignation after being overheard calling President Barack Obama the N-word at a restaurant. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland listens Thursday May 15, 2014 in Wolfeboro, N.H. as town residents ask for his resignation after being overheard calling President Barack Obama the N-word at a restaurant. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

WOLFEBORO, N.H. - A New Hampshire town police commissioner has resigned after he admitted using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama.

Linda Murray, chairwoman of the Wolfeboro board of selectmen, says that 82-year-old Robert Copeland resigned Sunday night from the post to which he was re-elected in March.

At a meeting last week, Copeland defiantly refused calls to resign.

The resignation puts to rest a controversy that drew national attention and sparked impassioned debate in Wolfeboro, a lakeside resort town of 6,300 residents.

Copeland admitted using an obscenity followed by the N-word while at a restaurant in March. A resident overheard the remark and complained to town officials.

The comments drew strong condemnation, including from 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has a home in Wolfeboro.

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