Insane Clown Posse have scored a court win in their ongoing litigation against the FBI, after the appeals court reinstated their U.S. legal action which was dismissed last year.
Rappers Insane Clown Posse, aka hip hop duo Violent J and Shggy 2 Dope, filed a lawsuit against the US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014, over a report which labelled their fans as ‘gang members’ and announced that they had gained support for their legal action against the FBI from civil rights organisation the American Civil Liberties Union and law firm Miller Canfield.
The band’s fans, known as ‘Juggalos’, were referenced in the FBI’s ‘National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends’ report in 2011, which said: “The Juggalos, a loosely-organised hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although recognised as a gang in only four states, many Juggalo subsets exhibit gang-like behaviour and engage in criminal activity and violence – law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo subsets”.
The case was dismissed after the US Department Of Justice argued that the FBI cannot be held responsible for how information in any of its reports is used by third parties. The Insane Clown Posse duo appealed, and the Sixth US Circuit Court Of Appeals has now reinstated the rcase, allowing it to proceed to court. Welcoming that development, the Posse said on their website: “We’re thankful that the juggalo family will finally get their day in court”. They went on: “Discrimination against someone based solely upon the type of music they listen to is just flat out wrong and it’s time that the legal system acknowledges that. The FBI’s labelling of juggalos as a gang has wreaked havoc on thousands of lives, resulting in job losses, dismissal from military service, eviction, lost child custody and constant harassment and profiling from law enforcement organisations all across the country”.