A police officer who said that a black man looked like a monkey has been sacked, the Metropolitan Police confirmed today.
Constable Kevin Hughes was cleared of racially aggravated offences in November, but has now been dismissed for gross misconduct, the Met said.
Mr Hughes and fellow constable David Hair were both acquitted of using threatening words or behaviour to cause alarm and distress and of racially aggravated harassment at Westminster magistrates' court in November.
Mr Hughes admitted saying a black man looked like a monkey, while Mr Hair was said to have told a black female colleague he thought she was going to "rant" about overtime and then not do any because she was "going home to cook bananas."
A misconduct hearing that ended today resulted in Mr Hughes being dismissed for gross misconduct in relation to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct, while Mr Hair has been given a final written warning.