Two men attempted to cut off their flatmate's Insane Clown Posse tattoo and have been charged with attempted murder
Spin reveals that the papers charging Paul Martin Hurst, 33, and Cary Lee Edwards, 35, with the attack on Zachary Swanson, 31, say that the Insane Clown Posse tattoo removal “was in an attempt to remove a tattoo that Edwards did not believe that Swanson earned.”
Swanson apparently “disrespected” Insane Clown Posse, leading to the attack, which saw his nose and face fractured, 11 of his ribs broken, his liver lacerated and his brain to bleed. A Juggalo is the name for a fan of Insane Clown Posse. Hurst and Edwards have been charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and assault with a deadly weapon. Swanson has now had to have his arm amputated below the elbow because of the botched tattoo removal.
A US judge recently dismissed a lawsuit intended to overturn an FBI report that describes Insane Clown Posse‘s fans as a “loosely organised hybrid gang”. The US rap group’s fans identify as Juggalos, with many painting their faces to echo the two rappers’ distinctive image. There’s an annual fan-festival, The Gathering Of The Juggalos, and recently a Juggalo cryptocurrency, JuggaloCoin, was launched.
A 2011 FBI report labelled the Juggalos as a “loosely organised hybrid gang”, and some Juggalos say they have suffered as a result because they have tattoos and jewellery bearing the group’s iconography. The rappers state that the report has led to their fans being persecuted by authorities, causing “significant harm”.
The lawsuit to scrub the description from the FBI report was filed in Detroit by the rap group’s lawyers plus representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on January 8. The lawsuit was dismissed by Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland, who ruled that the government isn’t responsible for acts by local police agencies that use the 2011 report.