Weird news: Insane Clown Posse sues the FBI

The group takes on the bureau's classification of Juggalos as a gang

Topics: Music, FBI, Insane Clown Posse, Juggalos, Gangs,

Weird news: Insane Clown Posse sues the FBI (Credit: (Wikimedia))

The Insane Clown Posse and their enthusiastic, face-painted followers, the Juggalos, are certainly unusual, but they are not a gang — contrary to ill-thought FBI classifications.

The group is now suing the FBI, claiming that the bureau withheld records that Insane Clown Posse’s lawyers had requested via FOIA relating to the gang classification.

In the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report, Juggalos were listed under “non-traditional gangs.” The group’s website today announced the lawsuit and reminded Juggalos to “rejoice!” The site noted:



The idea of calling the Juggalos and Juggalettes a “gang” is straight up bullshit. We are not a gang! We are a family! We come together for our luv of the Insane Clown Posse, Psychopathic Records, and our Juggalo pride. Can we take a fuckin’ second to note that Jimmy Buffet’s Parrot Heads, Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, Justin Bieber’s Beliebers, the Grateful Dead’s DeadHeads and many more haven’t been labeled as a gang?

In a broader effort to aid Juggalo solidarity and fight descrimination from the authorities, the Insane Clown Posse also set up JuggalosFightBack.com, where fans can get free advice from the group’s legal team.

 

 

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 7
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Dinah Fried

    Famous literary meals

    "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. Thompson

    Dinah Fried

    Famous literary meals

    "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

    Dinah Fried

    Famous literary meals

    "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville

    Dinah Fried

    Famous literary meals

    "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath

    Dinah Fried

    Famous literary meals

    "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

    Famous literary meals

    "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>