The Insane Clown Posse’s fight against the FBI has been thrown out of court.
Earlier this week, the sixth U.S. Court of Appeals threw out a lawsuit ICP filed against against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) over the designation of their “Juggalo” fans as an “organized criminal group”.
According to the court, their designation carried no direct legal consequences.
In 2011, the FBI officially classified “Juggalos”, fans of ICP, as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in a report to Congress. This response caused fans, its members Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent Jay, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to file a lawsuit against both the FBI and DOJ in 2014.
It was initially dropped later that year, but the group appealed the decision.
Many Juggalos have claimed that this designation has caused issues regarding involvement in the armed services and harassment by local police forces. In September 2017, ICP — along with their fans — launched a “Million Juggalo March” on Washington to protest their designation by the FBI.
The courts claimed that the DOJ isn’t responsible for how local police departments handle the information provided by the department. At the moment, it’s unclear if the Insane Clown Posse or the ACLU (representing the Juggalos) plan to appeal the case again.