Veteran Detroit hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse are reportedly considering taking legal action to prevent the F.B.I. from classifying their fanbase, the Juggalos, as a gang.
The F.B.I. published a National Gang Threat Assessment report in 2011 that classifies the Juggalos as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang” and details a number of “sporadic” and “disorganized” crimes committed by members. Since the report was published, ICP members Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler claim that Juggalos have been harassed and treated unfairly because of the classification.
“It’s been almost a year since Juggalos were put on the National Gang Threat Assessment and we are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble it’s causing them” Utsler said. “Just because you like a music group, doesn’t make you a criminal.”
Now, Utsler, Bruce and the group’s record label, Psychopathic Records, have “retained legal counsel to investigate and pursue legal action including monetary compensation and/or other injunctive relief on behalf of their fan base.”
Insane Clown Posse has also set up a website, Juggalos Fight Back, to give fans a forum to express their frustration and report acts of unfair treatment.