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Insane Clown Posse and the ACLU Case Dismissed Against FBI

I bet you never expected the ACLU and Insane Clown Posse (ICP) to join forces, but it’s true! Back in January, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan teamed up to file a lawsuit against the FBI, who in 2011, classified Juggalos (fans of ICP) a hybrid gang.

Juggalo Jerry and a helper check out the sound board. (by Jake Metcalf)

Juggalo Jerry and a helper check out the sound board. (by Jake Metcalf)

via ACLU.org:

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, along with the Detroit music duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Juggalos, or fans of ICP, claiming that their constitutional rights to expression and association were violated when the U.S. government wrongly and arbitrarily classified the entire fan base as a “hybrid” criminal gang. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four Juggalos and the two members of ICP.

“The Juggalos are fighting for the basic American right to freely express who they are, to gather and share their appreciation of music, and to discuss issues that are important to them without fear of being unfairly targeted and harassed by police,” said Michael J.

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Buffalo Juggalo: An Experimental Art Film

New York film director Scott Cummings needs help to complete the "totally weird, batshit, hardcore film" he made while "embedded" with Buffalo, NY's Juggalo community. Here's his description of the concept:

I wanted the film to be like an artifact from a lost civilization – like finding a VHS tape on the side of the road intercut with a slasher movie, porn, Paul McCarthy’s Heidi, and backyard wrestling. Everyone in the film is a Juggalo unless noted. All non-Juggalos are Juggalo-affiliated. I would say with much confidence that it is the first film like this that has been made with Juggalos.

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When Squatchin’ Goes Wrong: Bigfoot Attacked My Winnebago!

Winnebago warrior and Bigfoot hunter John Reed of Lykens, PA. has filed a report with local police alleging that a Sasquatch broke the windows and lights out on his 1973 Winnebago. Says the police report posted to The Smoking Gun, "Prior to these incidences, the victim related that he saw a bigfoot (sic) in the area." Reed described Bigfoot as "very large, brown in color, and walks somewhat hunched over." Reed is a member of the Lykens Valley Bigfoot Hunters, and if his Facebook profile is any indication, a big fan of the Insane Clown Posse. I'm wondering if he's considered the possibility that the supposed Sasquatch might have just been a particularly disheveled Juggalo. Here's one Juggalo researcher on this competing theory:
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Insane Clown Posse To Sue FBI Over Gang Designation

If the FBI can label rapping clown enthusiasts as a “criminal gang”, with very real consequences for those identified as members, they can do the same to any subculture. Imagine being denied parole because your black clothing and vegan anarchist literature indicate a “gang affiliation”.  Vice explains:

Every year, the FBI releases its National Gang Threat Assessment List, which examines “emerging gang trends and threats posed by criminal gangs.” In 2011, Juggalos were added to the list. You already know about Juggalos, those zany, slap-happy, face-painted faygo-swillers who have made the Insane Clown Posse their religion.

Well, ICP is about to start fighting back, and they’re reacting by suing the FBI. Although currently only considered a gang in four states, law enforcement in 21 states have identified and logged criminal Juggalo subsets. In those states, if an ICP fan is on probation, and he or she wears an ICP hat to a parole meeting, that’s a violation of probation for wearing gang apparel.

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Juggalos, Media Scares, and the West Memphis 3

Klint Finley writes on Mediapunk:
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It’s difficult to estimate the total number of Juggalos. The 2009 Gathering of Juggalos had 20,000 people in attendence. The most recent ICP album sold about 50,000 copies in the first week. But let’s be conservative and go with the 20,000 estimate. (I actually suspect it’s much higher than this.)

Nightline cites only 3 instances of reported Juggalos actually murdering anyone. To be charitable, let’s assume there are 10 people who are both Juggalos and murderers.

That would mean AT MOST .05% of Juggalos are murderers. Granted that’s a significantly higher percentage than the US population at large (there were 16,272 murders in 2008 and the US had a population of about 305 million). But less than 1%, at most, isn’t exactly cause for alarm. And I would think Arizona’s finest would be better served by realizing that 99.94 percent of murders are committed by non-Juggalos and adjusting their law enforcement priorities accordingly.

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