In October 2011, the FBI added Juggalos (followers of Insane Clown Posse) to its National Gang Threat Assessment (PDF).
From the report:
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.
NGiC reporting indicates that Juggalo gangs are
expanding in New Mexico primarily because they
are attracted to the tribal and cultural traditions
of the Native Americans residing nearby.
Today, The A.V. Club reports that the Insane Clown Posse is "suing the FBI over the organization’s classification of Juggalos as a gang."
On Tuesday, the band’s lawyers filed suit against the FBI in U.S. District Court in Michigan “for failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of the FBI’s classification of the group’s fan base.” ... To date, thousands of Juggalos have filled out the questionnaire on Juggalos Fight Back, a website set up by ICP for fans to report “negative consequences” they’ve experienced at the hands of “law enforcement, border patrol, airline security, or other local, state, or federal governmental agency or employee.”
Insane Clown Posse is actually going forward with suing the FBI
American Juggalo from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.
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