Insane Clown Posse sues federal government over gang status: ‘We’re a family’

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The rap group Insane Clown Posse (ICP) has sued the federal government for making the “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans of the band, dubbed “Juggalos,” as criminal gang members.

The lawsuit against the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was filed on Wednesday in Michigan by lawyers for the band and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, The New York Times reported.

“Among the supporters of almost any group — whether it be a band, sports team, university, political organization or religion — there will be some people who violate the law,” the lawsuit argued.

Plaintiffs include band members Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler and four Juggalos from Nevada, California, North Carolina and Iowa, the Times said.

ICP admits some of their fans have broken the law in the past, but they insist “it is wrong to designate the entire group of supporters as a criminal gang based on the acts of a few.”

During a news conference, Mr. Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope said, “We’re not a gang. We’re a family,” TMZ reported.

The FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center published a report in 2011 that described Juggalos as “a loosely organized hybrid gang,” the Times reported.

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