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Posted: 3:32 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Insane Clown Posse & ACLU sue the FBI! 

By Joel

In 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Gang Intelligence Center classified Insane Clown Posse fans - Juggalos - as "a loosely organized hybrid gang".

While making fun of Juggalos being considered a gang by one of the United States of America's largest law-enforcement bodies is about as easy as teasing Juggalos themselves, gang classification of a group of people because of what music they like sets a dangerous precedent for fans. What's to stop a local police department from turning every Phish show into a drug trafficking case, or charge punk or metal fans with inciting a riot for starting a mosh pit?

The American Civil Liberties Union is assisting ICP and four fans' lawsuit against the FBI. ICP and their fans hope to have Juggalos removed from gang classification.

Lawyers argue that profiling based on ICP's logos, clown makeup, and "Hatchetman" insignias is "unconditionally vague". Because of gang classification, Juggalo fans are potentially losing their Fourth Amendment right to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure.

In 2012, the band filed their first complaint against the FBI for failing to adequately reveal evidence to justify Juggalos' gang classification in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

As for the four fans involved in the lawsuit, one was rejected by an Army recruiter because of a Hatchetman tattoo. Another plaintiff, an Army corporal with ICP tattoos obtained prior to Juggalos' gang classification, "is in imminent danger of suffering discipline or involuntary discharge," claims the suit.

Read the full Rolling Stone report here.

 Joel

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