Judge rules that government isn't responsible for local police acting on the contents of the report
A US judge has dismissed lawsuit intended to overturn an FBI report that describes Insane Clown Posse‘s fans as a loosely organised 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.
Meanwhile, the band have struggled to find a home for this year’s Gathering Of The Juggalos. The event was held in Illinois for seven years before being banned and planning a move to Missouri. Petitions against the festival in Missouri, meant that Insane Clown Posse had to find another new home, and the event will take place in Ohio, at the Legend Valley venue Thornville.