In case you have been living under a rock, last October the FBI’s annual National Gang Threat Assessment report classified Juggalos as “a criminal organization formed on the street.” Yes, this puts the face-painting faygo-spraying fans of ICP on par with the Latin Kings, MS-13, and the Aryan Brotherhood in terms of where they stand in modern society.
This has huge effects on an ever-expanding group of people in the United States. The idea of walking around with an ICP shirt being deemed illegal gang attire hurts the Juggalo industry much more than just on the surface. Sales of merchandise and the image of the entire scene have been affected in the wake of the FBI’s announcement.
And ICP is not standing around and doing nothing. Last month during their annual gathering at Cave In Rock, Illinois, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J told the world their plans to sue the FBI. And guess what—as of today they are actually doing it.
On August 24, ICP’s legal team filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the FBI release whatever information led the organization to label Juggalos a gang. Since they received no response from the FBI, the band’s representative filed suit against the FBI in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The duo is citing the FBI’s “failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of [its] classification of the group’s fan base,” as the reason for the suit.
So there you have it guys. If you would like to help ICP in their goal to rid their fans of collective gang status, go to JuggalosFightBack.com and tell the government they have unlawfully treated you with disrespect. Until then, how do fucking magnets work?
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