An Oregon police department has agreed to change the name of a K9 called ‘Lil’ Kim’ following anger that it shared a name with the Grammy award-winning black rapper.
Community leaders complained the Belgian Malinois’ name was insensitive given the use of police dogs against black people – including in the civil rights era – and the musician’s status as a leading black hip hop star.
Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz insisted the dog was never named after the rapper and ‘lil’ was simply a reference to its size – but said nonetheless the canine would now be known only as Kim.
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Source: Daily Mail