Insane Clown Posse Fans Considered a Gang by the FBI
Like all countercultures the Juggalos are somewhat of a phenomenon and, according to the FBI, may actually be a dangerous group of people. The Guardian reports that the loyal fans of hip-hop crew Insane Clown Posse have been classified by a new FBI report as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” This is probably due to the members’ violent and often random acts of criminal and “gang-like behavior.” Well … Tila Tequila could’ve told them that!
Furthermore, the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report states that the highly unorganized festival-going Juggalos are actually more mechanized than previously thought. “Open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity,” the report continues. “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.”
Even though ICP’s intro into the FBI lexicon is just a minor footnote next to M-13 and the Blood and Crips, it’s still an interesting decision on the part of law enforcement. In 2006 during the band’s annual Gathering of the Juggalos
conference festival an armed fan named Jacob D. Robida shot and killed his girlfriend while on the grounds. In 2009, authorities in Pennsylvania classified Juggalos as threats to society after four over-zealous fans murdered 21-year-old Anthony Locascio after luring him into a wooded area.
Despite this and other acts of violence the horrorcore center of the Juggalo movement has spoken out against it. “Anyone that knows anything at all about Juggalos knows that in no way, shape, or form would we ever approve of this type of bulls— behavior,” ICP’s manager said.