The Insane Clown Posse Fandom “Juggalos” Remain Labeled A Gang
Insane Clown Posse lost a legal battle in The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. They sued for the purpose of removing the FBI’s “Gang” label from their fans, Juggalos. The two members of the band and numerous Juggalos, along with the ACLU, tried the FBI and the Department of Justice in court and came out empty handed.
The FBI’s 2011 listing describes Juggalos as a gang without any semblance of organization in crime and based on individual gain. It also alleges that common Juggalo criminal actions include theft, copious usage of drugs, destruction of private property, and violence. In the documents, the FBI refers to them as “a loosely-organized hybrid gang”.
The 2014 lawsuit argued that organized crime and the Juggalo community are two disparate entities. As evidence of harm done, the discrimination that ICP fans faced was used as an example. One of the suing Juggalos is a US military veteran who has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Korea. When the FBI ruled the fandom as a gang, he became close to being penalized or released by the army because of his Insane Clown Posse tattoo. Another plaintiff claimed unfair harassment by police when they found out that he was a Juggalo.
On Monday, the court ruled a clear decision. Juggalos will continue to be labeled as a gang because their listing by the FBI is not “final agency”. This means that it is an action that is ineligible for being revoked or changed by way of the court. The government also argued that all discriminatory actions laid upon Juggalos are done personally, not politically, and in no way using the law to one’s own advantage. The FBI’s gang list is only an annual list that provides a guideline, not legislation, to identify criminal groups.