Oregon police change the name of K9 ‘Lil Kim’ after activists say it is offensive

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

  • Community leaders complained that the Bend police dog name was insensitive
  • A local activist said: ‘I don’t want Lil’ Kim biting people of color there ‘
  • Police Chief Mike Krantz said the dog would only be known as Kim from now on

An Oregon police department has agreed to change the name of a K9 named ‘Lil’ Kim ‘out of anger that it shared a name with the Grammy-award-winning black rapper.

Community leaders complained that the name of the Belgian Malinois 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 chief Mike Krantz claimed the dog was never named after the rapper and ‘lil’ was just a reference to his size – but said the dog would now only be known as Kim.

Community leaders complained that Lil 'Kim's name for a K9 owned by Bend Police Department was insensitive given the use of police dogs against black people

Community leaders complained that Lil ‘Kim’s name for a K9 owned by Bend Police Department was insensitive given the use of police dogs against black people

Lil 'Kim is the stage name of Kimberley Jones, a multiple Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Lil 'Kim is the stage name of Kimberley Jones, a multiple Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Lil ‘Kim is the stage name of Kimberley Jones, a multiple Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

It followed a complaint from Riccardo Waites, the founder of the Central Oregon Black Leaders Assembly, who said in a video Thursday, “ If you’re a colored person, or if you’re a fan of Lil ‘Kim, you know her meaning in Hip Hop.

You also know she’s a gangster rapper. To be honest, I don’t want to see Lil ‘Kim bite people of color.’

Lil ‘Kim is the stage name of Kimberley Jones, a multiple Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Chief Krantz Oregon told Public Broadcasting: ‘Although the dog is not named after a musician, it is important to realize that some people assume or believe that.

“I think there is a historical link to the use of dogs in the eyes of some community members, particularly among protesters and black community members, and that it can cause fear of dogs.”

Police routinely referred to the dog as Lil ‘Kim in public statements, including a Facebook post on Jan. 29 that said,’ Bend PD K9 Kim (aka Lil ‘Kim, because she’s small but mighty) turns 6!

K9 Kim is a Belgian Malinois who is a rockstar suspected arrest dog. She is trained to track down a suspect who is on the run or in hiding.

Her skills are not limited to tracking down suspects; she can also assist in the search for missing persons, such as a child or elderly person who has run away from home. ‘

Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz

Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz

The dog in a training scenario

The dog in a training scenario

Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz (left) insisted that the dog (seen on the right in a training scenario) was never named after the rapper

On Feb. 28, officials used the name in a press release about the dog that helped arrest a domestic violence suspect.

Waites, a social justice campaigner, insisted the move would help improve community relations.

While it may seem like a minor or insignificant issue to some, it is not for those of us who remember how police dogs were used in the 1960s against peacefully protesting civil rights workers and people of color and are still used as a means of controlling crowds . and intimidation today, ‘he wrote.

Photos of police dogs that were growling or attacking African Americans at protests became some of the most iconic images of the civil rights eras.

A police dog who attacked high school student Walter Gadsden in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 3, 1963. He was a spectator at a protest

A police dog attacked high school student Walter Gadsden in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 3, 1963.  He was a spectator at a protest

A police dog attacked high school student Walter Gadsden in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 3, 1963. He was a spectator at a protest

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