ICP just can't get no love from the FBI.
In the newest development from Insane Clown Posse's protracted legal battle over the FBI labeling their fans—”Juggalos“—as a gang, the horrorcore duo have lost their latest appeal to overturn the criminal designation.
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As reported by The Washington Post, the FBI's Juggalo gang label “could be here to stay.” The paper notes that the 6th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals, in a strange statement of legalese, ruled that the FBI's move to call Juggalos a gang wasn't a “final agency action” and, therefore, can't be challenged in court. Um, what? This new ruling nixes a 2014 lawsuit brought by ICP that claimed the FBI's decision violated their constitutional rights and caused concert cancellations due to concerns from law enforcement.
All of this stems from the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center listing the Juggalos as “a loosely organized hybrid gang” in a 2011 threat assessment profile, a definition that's haunted band ever since. Insane Clown Posse say the FBI's labeling of Juggalos as a gang has caused their supporters an unnecessary and extreme amount of trouble. According to the group, fans of ICP have lost their children in custody battles, been denied admittance for military service and lost jobs for merely being a Juggalo.
Earlier this year, ICP brought national attention to the matter with the Juggalo March On Washington, an event that organized Juggalos in a protest on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to voice their opposition to the FBI's classification of Juggalos as a hybrid gang.
In September, ICP's Shaggy 2 Dope spoke to us ahead of the group's march on Washington, admitting the unlikelihood of the FBI overturning the gang designation while standing firm against the classification.
“It'd be great, but the chances of that happening are slim to none,” Shaggy said. “This is just us standing up, the Juggalos standing up and being, like, 'Yo, fuck you, too. We're in this bitch and we ain't a fucking gang.'”