A judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought against the FBI by Insane Clown Posse, confirming that the feds are well within their rights to refer to the rap band's super-dedicated fans, the Juggalos, as a gang.
The ranking goes back to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report, which classified Juggalos, who gather in their thousands every year for the anarchic Gathering of the Juggalos, as a "loosely-organised hybrid gang" that mainly commit crimes of "simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism". No shit, there's over 100,000 of them.
"However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of juggles are forning more organised subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies and drug sales," the report cautions. "Transient, criminal Juggalo groups pose a threat to communities due to the potential for violence, drug use/sales and their general destructive and violent nature."
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan filed the lawsuit on behalf of the non-gang, asserting that their rights to free speech were violated by the term. However, the judge determined that it was entirely legitimate for the FBI to label the Juggalos in this way, as it was just a "descriptive … assessment of gang trends" and there was no indication that the categorisation was to be followed up with any form of law enforcement.
In a statement released by the ACLU, Insane Clown Posse state that they're going to keep trying to de-classify their fans. "This is not the end," said ICP member Violent J. "We'll keep fighting to clear the Juggalo family name."
We'll leave you with "Miracles", ICP's hyper-positive hit dedicated to the wonders of the world. Magic all up in this bitch, right:
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