Insane Clown Posse sue the FBI for classifying their fans as criminal gang members
The documents claimed that the United States government had made the “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans as gang members
Insane Clown Pose are suing the Justice Department and the Feberal Bureau of Investigation.
The Michigan rap group filed the suit at the Federal District Court in Michigan on Wednesday.
The documents claimed that the United States government had made the “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans of the band as criminal gang members.
They said the classification led to them being harassed by law enforcement officers and caused them “significant harm”.
Plaintiffs listed included Insane Clown Posse founders Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform under the stage names Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, and whose fans call themselves Juggalos.
It also listed four so-called Juggalos from Nevada, California, North Carolina and Iowa, each of whom offered detailed accounts of incidents in which they claim to have been subjected to police harassment and other punishments as a result of their identification with Insane Clown Posse.
“Among the supporters of almost any group — whether it be a band, sports team, university, political organization or religion — there will be some people who violate the law,” the lawsuit read.
“However, it is wrong to designate the entire group of supporters as a criminal gang based on the acts of a few. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened here.”
The suit stems from an F.B.I report called ‘National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends’, which was published by the National Gang Intelligence Center in 2011.
In it, the Juggalos were described as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” whose members were “expanding into many U.S. communities.”
It cited an incident in 2011 in which “two suspected Juggalo associates were charged with beating and robbing an elderly homeless man.”
Another in 2010 detailed “a suspected Juggalo member” who was shot and wounded along with two other people.
The report included a photograph of a woman wearing facepaint similar to that used by Insane Clown Posse as she posed with a gun.
Insane Clown Posse go on to claim in the law suit that the band’s music offered “hopeful, life-affirming themes about the wonders of life and the support that Juggalos give to one another.”
The group filed a law suit against the FBI in 2012, seeking the documents that the bureau had used to reach its judgement of the Juggalos being classified as a gang.
Federal authorities filed a successful motion to dismiss this suit in August, saying that they had already shared much of this material.
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant - Immediate ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of...
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This privately-owned company designs and manuf...