It is now official, Insane Clown Posse are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Michigan-based duo who go by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, are suing the F.B.I. claiming that the United States government have made an “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify their fans (they go by Juggalos) as a criminal gang.
Their lawsuit also claims that due to this, them and their fans are being harassed by law enforcement officers which is causing them “significant harm.” Also listed on the lawsuit are four Juggalos Nevada, California, North Carolina and Iowa, who offered details of incidents that included severe punishments for classifying themselves as Juggalos.
A statement from the duo can be read below.
“A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of ICP members Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joey Utsler) and four Juggalos claiming that their constitutional rights of free expression and association and due process have been violated due to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations issued the gang designation in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. The lawsuit charges that the designation is wrong and without merit and should be removed.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is representing the Juggalos while the Detroit law firm Hertz Schram P.C. is representing ICP in the case.
“When the (gang) label first come out, I laughed at it. I had no idea how much it would effect us,” Violent J said during a press conference Wednesday at the ACLU office in Detroit. “Now it’s like a growing disease. It’s affecting everything ICP does. We’re going to fight this to the death, ‘cause it’s not true. It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous.”
At the moment, a spokesperson from the F.B.I. has yet to comment about the lawsuit.