People in black and white face paint are definitely not the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘gang,’ but that is exactly what the fans of Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, are. A judge declared on July 9 that the government is not responsible for the fallout of a 2011 FBI report that classified the rap group’s fans as gang members.
These clowns are certainly not making anyone laugh. Insane Clown Posse fans, or Juggalos, are up in arms following the dismissal of a lawsuit they had filed back in January to get their label removed, after the FBI classified the fans as members of a gang in 2011. Now, after the shocking decision, ICP says they will continue to lead in the fight to get the fans’ names cleared.
Insane Clown Posse Declared A Gang
U.S. District Attorney Judge Robert Cleland dismissed the case that Juggalos filed back in January claiming that they were wrongfully labeled as a gang. Judge Robert didn’t budge on July 9, saying that the Justice Department is not responsible for how authorities use the national report on gangs.
According to the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, “The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although recognized as a gang in only four states, many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence. Law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets, according to NGIC reporting.”
The assessment goes on to explain that while most of the crimes committed by the juggalos are petty crimes such as theft and drug possession, there are some that are starting to form organized smaller subset groups which are engaging in more serious criminal behavior such as robberies and drug sales.
Insane Clown Posse Speaks Out
ICP does not plan on taking this case dismissal lightly. In a statement released by ACLU, ICP rapper, Joseph Bruce (Violent J) said, “This is not the end — we’ll keep fighting to clear the Juggalo family name,”
The rapper continued, “There has never been—and will never be—a music fan base quite like Juggalos, and while it is easy to fear what one does not understand, discrimination and bigotry against any group of people is just plain wrong and un-American.”
It is estimated that there are over a million Juggalos in the United States alone — that’s a lot of angry clowns. Hopefully the FBI and ICP can find a way to resolve their difference.
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Do you think the Juggalos are a gang? Should they be suing Facebook?
— Caitlin Beck