Insane Clown Posse fans have lost an appeal against their FBI classification as a criminal gang.
Juggalos – the name given to fans by the shock-rap group – were labelled a “loosely-organised hybrid gang” by the FBI in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. The report argued that “many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behaviour and engage in criminal activity and violence”.
This designation, Juggalos argue, has made it harder for many of them to find work, housing and access to other social services. Some fans have also blamed the report for alleged harassment they have suffered from police.
Back in September, the Juggalos marched on Washington DC against the FBI gang designation, with 1,500 fans gathering in a peaceful protest.
Fans had previously filed a lawsuit in Detroit against the report, but now the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the FBI report carries no direct legal consequences and that the Justice Department should not be responsible for how other police agencies use information gathered by such reports.
The Juggalos were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, who have not yet commented on the decision.
At the Washington march in September, the 1,500 Juggalos in attendance outnumbered the couple of hundred people that were part of a pro-Trump rally elsewhere in the National Mall on the same day (September 16).
“We’re a family, a large one. I’m here to march for my people,” one fan told the Associated Press at the time.