Horror-rap duo Insane Clown Posse decide to take on the feds after their fans are categorized as gang members in government report
Horror-rap duo Insane Clown Posse might not understand how magnets work, but they seem to have a firm grip on the machinations of the legal system. Or at least the concepts behind publicity-grabbing.
Insane Clown Posse — aka, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope — announced at their annual Gathering of the Juggalos event at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois on Friday that they plan to sue the Federal Bureau of Investigation for unfairly categorizing their fan base as a criminal gang.
ICP's beef with the bureau stems from the agency's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, which listed Juggalos as "a loosely-organized hybrid gang" that's "rapidly expanding into many US communities."
Noting that Juggalo-related crime is "sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve[s] simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism," the FBI nonetheless cited more serious crimes committed by Juggalos, including the alleged January 2011 shooting of a King County, Washington couple.
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(The FBI also included a photo of what might be a female Juggalo, also known as a Jugalette, which we're including for your edification.)
Now the ICP are planning to strike back against this characterization by the government, and they're harnessing the awesome power of Juggalo Nation to make their case.
A website, Juggalos Fight Back, has been set up so that Juggalos can report incidents during which they "have suffered any negative consequence with a governmental representative, including law enforcement, border patrol, airline security, or other local, state or federal governmental agency or employee."
ICP's legal team — who may or may not also wear greasepaint — will review the accounts for possible legal action.