The duo and the American Civil Liberties Union intend to ask the
6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the decision of a
lower court in late June that blocked them from challenging the
FBI's designation of the Juggalos as a gang with criminal
"The only way to remedy this injustice for all innocent Juggalos
is to start with the root of the problem – the FBI’s arbitrary
and erroneous branding of hundreds of thousands of music fans as
gang members," said Michael Steinberg, an ACLU lawyer.
The Justice Department was not immediately available for
The Michigan-based Insane Clown Posse paint their faces to look
like clowns and are known for rebellious and provocative music
that includes songs such "My Axe" and "Night of the Chainsaw"
that often use harsh themes and language.
The Juggalos, who the group says are about a million strong,
paint their faces to look like clowns and display a logo of a
hatchet man on their clothes and jewelry.
A federal National Gang Threat Assessment in 2011 said a small
number of Juggalos were forming more organized subsets and
engaging in gang-like criminal activity, such as felony
assaults, thefts, robberies and drug sales.
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