5 Years Ago Today, The Insane Clown Posse Began The Crusade To Fight For Juggalos, To Sue The FBI
It was at the 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos where the bombshell got dropped. The stage had been set by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of the Insane Clown Posse, at the seminar tent. ICP announced that they would be responding to the FBI’s 2011 Gang Assesment List by suing them to get Juggalos removed from the Gang List.
This is how the Gang Assesment describes Juggalos as being a gang:
The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although recognized as a gang in only four states, many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence. Law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets, according to NGIC reporting.
Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales. Social networking websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate and expand.
Juggalos’ disorganization and lack of structure within their groups, coupled with their transient nature, makes it difficult to classify them and identify their members and migration patterns. Many criminal Juggalo sub-sets are comprised of transient or homeless individuals, according to law enforcement reporting. Most Juggalo criminal groups are not motivated to migrate based upon traditional needs of a gang. However, law enforcement reporting suggests that Juggalo criminal activity has increased over the past several years and has expanded to several other states. Transient, criminal Juggalo groups pose a threat to communities due to the potential for violence, drug use/sales, and their general destructive and violent nature.
Here is a video from the announcement at the 2012 ICP seminar ( they make the announcement around the 32-minute mark)
Here we are 5 years later and where are we? Well, the court had tried to shut the case down, but Farris, the Juggalo lawyer kept the fight up. They ended up getting the ACLU involved. From there they held the famous press conference to even further set the stage.
The next step in this crusade was to appeal the court case in a different court with a different judge. Now since then, while Juggalos may no longer be on the current “gang list”, ICP is aiming to get the FBI to clear all Juggalos names and come out with a public apology. Of course, the FBI is being completely silent on their end and continues to stall ICP’s day in court.
Everyone who attended this years Gathering of the Juggalos, as spectacular as it was… there was quite a bit of staleness with the heavy law enforcement oppression. Jumpsteady(34 min mark) and Violent J(1:08 hour/min mark) both address the staleness of it at this years ICP Seminar, which you can view below:
So the next course of action is the Juggalo March in Washington. Will you be there?