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PC FACES 'RACIST' JIBE QUIZ; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: By RUSSELL MYERS Crime Correspondent

A WHITE cop accused of making a racist slur about a black man who drowned in a river is being investigated PC Phil Truss, 48, is alleged to have made the shocking remark in a police station while officers were looking into the death.

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 in the Thames.

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

He is now under investigation by Essex police's professional standards department. The allegations have been sent to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Truss, a former firearms officer who has been in the police for more than 20 years, could be sacked if found guilty.

An Essex police spokesman said: "We are investigating allegations made by a number of officers about a colleague.

"These allegations concern conduct within the police station and if proven are likely to result in misconduct proceedings.

"The officer has been suspended. This case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

When PC Truss was approached by The People he said: "There's an investigation going on and that's all I'm saying so you're wasting my time."

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Date:Jan 18, 2009
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