Oregon police change name of K9 ‘Lil Kim’ after activists say it’s offensive to use black rapper’s name due to ‘history of cops using dogs on people of color’

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