Juggalos Are Still a Gang
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Insane Clown Posse against the FBI stemming from a 2011 report which labeled ICP's fans (Juggalos) a gang, according to the AP. The report declared Juggalos a "loosely organized hybrid gang," so ICP joined up with the ACLU, arguing this label violated the band's and its fans' rights to free speech and due process.
ICP members Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J twice sued the law enforcement organization, saying it's illegal to link their fans to organized criminal enterprises, but U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed this latest suit because the report goes short of prescribing "any particular course of action for local law enforcement to follow.” Thus, Cleland argued, the federal government is not responsible for local law enforcement's interpretation and use of the national report on gangs. In other words, Juggalos better hope their local cops have their hands full with meth busts, DUI, and domestic calls, otherwise they're coming for them and their terrible taste in music and fashion.
In a statement released by the ACLU, Violent Jay said Psychopatic Records will “keep fighting to clear the Juggalo family name," adding, "While it’s easy to fear what one does not understand, discrimination and bigotry against any group of people is just plain wrong and un-American." ICP's first lawsuit demanded the FBI release documents supporting its Juggalo gang label, but that case was dismissed in 2012.
As it stands, this is on some grizzled cop's bulletin board with a bunch of yarns connected to other clown-faced suspect photos, and the below clip is officially the most elaborate and well-produced gang recruiting video ever made: