Juggalos classified as a gang in FBI report

Fans of notorious US hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse have been officially classified as a gang. A new FBI document has categorised the Juggalos as a “loosely-organised hybrid gang,” citing the group’s violence, criminal activity and “gang-like behaviour”.

Fans of the Insane Clown Posse have called themselves Juggalos for more than two decades, developing a reputation for face-paint, Faygo soda, and a scepticism toward magnets. Although based in the United States — the ICP are from Michigan — it has become a worldwide movement; a UK Facebook group has more than 600 members.

Unfortunately for harmless fans of horrorcore rap, Juggalos are now officially of concern to law enforcement, according to the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report [PDF]. Juggalos have been tied to a string of recent crimes, including a shooting in January and the assault of a homeless man last year. Open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organised subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, the report alleges. 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 — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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