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January 13, 2014 - 3:30 pm

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Insane Clown Posse and a few of their fans are suing — to get the FBI to stop labeling them a gang:

The suit stems from the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center classification of Juggalos as “a loosely-organized hybrid gang,” one with multiple affiliations. Lawyers for ICP and the ACLU claim that the profiling of Juggalos — based on their distinctive clown makeup and Hatchetman tattoos — lacks reasonable suspicion of gang affiliation. As a result, the “unconstitutionally vague” designation has since intimidated many from expressing themselves and denied them protection from unreasonable searches, according to the filing.

“The FBI had the impact they wanted: they scared people away from attending concerts and from affiliating together for the purpose of listening to music,” Saura Sahu, an attorney assisting the ACLU of Michigan, tells Rolling Stone. He cited the decline in turnout at the latest Gathering of the Juggalos, ICP’s annual five-day festival, where police last August arrested numerous people on drug-related offenses outside the event.

“We don’t fit in anywhere,” Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J tells Rolling Stone. “And when people don’t understand you, people fear you. All we’re trying to do is be like the Stephen King of music. We like to tell horror stories.”

I’m no ICP fan, unless perhaps they’ve recorded some of Cole Porter’s stuff and I’m just not aware of it yet, but clearly the FBI has overstepped here.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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I'm still stuck on an image of Stephen in Juggalos makeup...
28 weeks ago
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What does being labeled a “a loosely-organized hybrid gang” entail? The FBI has been so instrumental in curtailing the spread of tightly-knit homogeneous gangs such as Bloods, Crips, and various mexican imports, one wonders what special treatment members the ICP receives from the FBI. I don't think arresting people on drug offenses classifies as a civil rights issue, providing the local police were not conspiring with the FBI to plant drugs on the usual fine upstanding citizens of their concerts.

I am not saying I am a fan of FBI labeling, but absent any actions taken on the part of the FBI, it does not rise to the level of abusing civil rights. Perhaps the ACLU is suing because the FBI called them such hideous and repulsive names like “a loosely-organized hybrid gang”. And does anyone really think the Juggalos would be scared because of the labeling? They would, more likely, wear it as a badge of honor.
28 weeks ago
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"They would, more likely, wear it as a badge of honor." And thank the FBI for all the free publicity. Hey kids - want to shock your friends/teachers/parents? Listen to a group and be labeled a gang member! How cool is that!
28 weeks ago
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Gives the FBI plausible deniability against charges of racism as most gangs consist of racial or ethnic identification.
28 weeks ago
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Maybe the FBI figured ICP wast a ******* magnet for the gang stuff, and, well, ****** magnets how do they work?
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