The men have been charged with attempted first and second degree murder
Two men who are suspected to identify as Juggalos – the name for fans of Insane Clown Posse – have allegedly attacked another man, also a suspected Juggalo.
Paul Martin Hurst, 33, and Cary Lee Edwards, 35 – pictured above – of Hebron, Maryland in the US, have been arrested for apparently attempting to cut off their roommate’s Juggalo tattoo and, upon failing, setting Zachary Swanson, 31, on fire, reports Gawker. 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.
The local County Sheriff’s Office says that there is a “strong possibility” that the men are Juggalos. 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. Boston.com reports that the lawsuit was dismissed this week 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.