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Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI Over Juggalos Gang Classification

Posted Sep 27, 2012 5:44 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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See video of the August announcement here.
[Warning: graphic language.]

Saying the FBI never responded to public records requests, the Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse has filed suit against the federal law enforcement agency over its classification of its fans as a gang.

Insane Clown Posse rappers announced in August that they'd hired a lawyer and began seeking reports from fans about any claims of harassment.

Joseph Bruce (aka Violent J) and Joseph Utsler (aka Shaggy 2 Dope) told fans at their annual Gathering of the Juggalos that they and their label Psychopathic Records were responding to a 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report identifying Juggalos as "a loosely organized hybrid gang."

The duo's lawyer, Howard Hertz, told the Detroit Free Press that the ultimate goal of the suit is to get the FBI to remove the Juggalos from the gang list.

Hertz told the paper that the group is sorting through thousands of reports from fans who say they've been affected by the gang designation. In August, the group set up a Juggalos Fight Back page on the Web to seek out report from fans.

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