Juggalos descend on DC to fight Federal Bureau of Investigation gang distinction
Sep 17 2017 by Michele Stevens
Fans of the "horrorcore" hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, also known as Juggalos, marched into the nation's capital on Saturday to protest being labeled as a gang by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
I'm talking about two guys, actually, Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler), the duo that is the band Insane Clown Posse. How would anybody fight the gang label?
"We're here to support our president and this country", said Sue Babinec, who traveled to Washington from Cincinnati for what organizers dubbed the "Mother of All Rallies".
The members of the Insane Clown Posse are represented by Howard Hertz and Elizabeth Thomson of the firm Hertz Schram and Farris F. Haddad of Farris F. Haddad & Associates, P.C.
"It's very hard for law enforcement", says Sergeant Michelle Vasey, who in the mid-2000s worked as a gang intelligence officer at Fort McDowell police department in Arizona.
Plaintiff Scott Gandy was forced to alter his Juggalo tattoo to look like a fish in order to apply to join the Army, his lawyer Saura Sahu said during a 2014 hearing.
GettyZach Vance, from Utah County, Utah, poses for a photo in front of the Lincoln Memorial, before the start of the Juggalo March.
Juggalos spray sticky-sweet, cheap soda on each other and sing along to the Posse's hip-hop lyrics, which sound like a profane, pornographic and violent Alfred E. Neuman took crystal meth and stole the microphone. "What happens to Jimmy Buffet's Parrotheads?"
The march in Washington gives the Juggalos a stage to turn around their image. But back in 2011, the Justice Department's National Gang Intelligence Center decided the Juggalos were a "loosely organized hybrid gang," like the Crips, Bloods and MS-13. The agency's report cited drug use and "their general destructive and violent nature". "Juggalos are a "family" of people who love and help one another, enjoy one another's company, and bond over the music and a philosophy of life", the lawsuit stated.
The band say they have faced discrimination in organizing shows, meet-and-greets and their annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
The pro-Trump rally, labeled the "Mother of All Rallies", has been billed as an opportunity for participants to "demand protection for traditional American culture while they express their love for the United States and the "America First" agenda", according to its website. The march was described on its website as "a collective statement from the Juggalo Family to the world about what we are and what we are not".
"Tweeted one smart alec: "#JuggaloMarch and Trump supporters both marching. So far, the protest seems to be orderly, and with plenty of home-grown art and signs from those who are down with the clowns.
The organizers of the pro-Trump rally had said that was their goal - to speak in favor of the President amicably, without a hint of the hatred and violence that gripped Charlottesville, Virginia, last month when white supremacists marched in protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.