Insane Clown Posse’s Lawsuit Against The FBI Revived By Appeals Court
A 2011 report by the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center classified fans of Insane Clown Posse, aka juggalos, as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” ICP teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan to file a lawsuit against the FBI defending their oft-derided fanbase, arguing that juggalos are music fans, not criminals, and they have faced unfair discrimination and harassment since the publication of the report. The Justice Department asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that the FBI isn’t responsible for how local authorities use the report, and Detroit federal judge Robert Cleland agreed. But things aren’t over — the AP reports that a federal appeals court has just reversed the ruling, thus reviving the lawsuit and granting the juggalos their day in court. No matter what you may think of the ICP or their fans — and if you’re reading a site like Stereogum, I can probably guess — it’s still pretty ludicrous to label them a “gang,” and that kind of targeting potentially sets a dangerous precedent for other subcultures. So this seems like a good thing, although we’ll just have to wait and see where it goes from here.