What do the Crips, Bloods, MS-13, Latin Kings, Aryan Brotherhood and the Juggalos have in common? They are all considered dangerous gangs by the FBI.
Last November, the Bureau released its National Gang Threat Assessment list and a surprised Insane Clown Posse found their fans part of this notorious group. Prior to the Federal Government’s announcement, the group’s fan base had already been classified as a gang by California, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Arizona.
At an informal press conference held at 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos in Illinois, frontmen Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope conveyed that they would stand up for their fans for being unjustly being labeled as a gang.
“Now, when we come to your city to do a concert,” said Violent J, “the government says that the concert isn’t a concert. It’s a gang rally.” This is some communist s***, you hear what the f*** I’m saying? And it’s never happened in the history of music, ever.”
“No matter what it costs, whatever it takes, we are as of right now, suing the FBI.”
Violent J pointed toward increased persecution saying, “We are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble it’s causing them. Just because you like a music group, doesn’t make you a criminal.”
In a statement posted to the band’s website, the group announced that as of “September 25th, 2012, ICP and Psychopathic [Records] have made those promises a reality by officially filing their lawsuit against the FBI!”
The statement continues, “Hertz Schram PC, by Howard Hertz and Elizabeth Thomson, on behalf of Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records, has filed suit against the FBI in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleging the FBI’s violation of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) for its failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of the FBI’s classification of the groups’ fan base, the Juggalos, as a gang in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends.”
Farris F. Haddad, an attorney as well as ICP fan consulting in the matter added, “The FBI either does not have much information backing up their labeling of Juggalos as a national street gang, or if they do, it is so flimsy they are certainly hesitant to share it. Because music fans are, simply, not the same thing as a gang.”
In an effort to support Juggalos who believe to have had their rights violated by law enforcement, Insane Clown Posse has created the Juggalos Fight Back website to assist in legal matters and “fight for you in Court.”
“You’re trying to grow love in your country and s**,” Shaggy 2 Dope tells the Village Voice. “Then the head of your country—the FBI—just turns around and f**king kicks you in the nuts. How are you supposed to respond to that?”
— Jay Tilles, CBS Local