“Banana” Jibe Cop Quits

THE POLICE OFFICER at the centre of “racist jibe” investigation has resigned from the police.

PC Phil Truss, 49, was suspended last year after it was alleged that he made the comment at Grays Police Station while officers were looking into the death of Adunayo Shittu, 18, in July 2008, whose body was found on the shore at West Thurrock, having disappeared while swimming in the Thames.

In front of up to half a dozen other officers, the uniformed constable is alleged to have said someone should have thrown the victim “a rope of bananas” to save him.

Several colleagues complained to their superiors and PC Truss was suspended on full pay on December 20.

The case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission but the inquiry has now ceased as PC Truss has resigned.

The news comes after it was revealed today that complaints against Essex Police increased by more than a third in the past year, compared with a rise of 8% nationally.

Statistics released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) show there were 908 complaint cases recorded between 2008 and 2009. This was up from 677 the year before, a 34% rise, the IPCC said.

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