In 2011, the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center published a report that classified juggalos, fans of the Insane Clown Posse, as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” ICP disputed the report and filed a federal lawsuit against the Bureau, claiming that juggalos are fans of music, not criminals, and that their fans had been unfairly targeted in various different ways since the report was published. The Justice Department asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that the FBI isn’t responsible for actions that local law enforcement agencies may have taken based on the report. And the Department got its wish. As Pitchfork points out, The Boston Globe reports that Detroit federal judge Robert Cleland has agreed with the Justice Department’s assessment. ICP put serious resources into that lawsuit, to protect their fans, and at least in this writer’s opinion, it fucking sucks that a government institution can target an entire music-based subculture with impunity. You don’t have to like ICP’s music, or even their fans, to see the injustice there.
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