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Insane Clown Posse plans to sue the FBI


The Insane Clown Posse attends the 2003 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 10, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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If you're a fan of music group Insane Clown Posse, you might be on the FBI's radar. Insane Clown Posse plans to sue the FBI after its fans were classified as a gang on the FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment report, Spin Magazine reported.  

Insane Clown Posse, a duo consisting of Joseph Bruce (known as "Violent J") and Joseph Utsler ("Shaggy 2 Dope"), makes a type of hip-hop music called horrorcore. The duo's fans call themselves Juggalos and wear clown face paint just as Bruce and Utsler do, the New York Times reported. “We’re not attacking the FBI, but they got this wrong. The Juggalos are not a gang, and that needs to be fixed," Bruce told the Times.

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The FBI report, from 2011, describes Juggalos as "a loosely-organized hybrid gang" expanding across the US. "Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism," the report says. Last year, a suspected Juggalo member shot people in Washington, the FBI claims.

Insane Clown Posse spoke out against the accusations during its annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival this weekend. In a statement, the group announced that it had “retained legal counsel to investigate and pursue legal action including monetary compensation and/or other injunctive relief on behalf of their fan base," the Times reported.

"We're doing the American thing--we're suing," Utsler told the Village Voice