Insane Clown Posse sues feds over gang label
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:33:27 GMT —
The rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse and some fans have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department, saying their rights have been violated by a government report that classifies followers as a dangerous gang.
Insane Clown Posse fans are called Juggalos. In 2011, the FBI described them as a "loosely organized hybrid gang" in a national report on gangs.
Insane Clown Posse is Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday on their behalf in Detroit federal court. Four fans are also named as plaintiffs.
Scott Gandy says he was forced to remove Insane Clown Posse tattoos to apply for the Army. The group says its fans are a family, not a gang.