Juggalos protest gang designation in Washington march

Violent J of Insane Clown Posse poses before the Juggalo March takes off from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall Sept. 16 2017

Insane Clown Posse, Juggalos to march on Washington to fight gang distinction

The American Civil Liberties Union of MI, along with the Detroit music duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Juggalos, or fans of ICP, claiming that their constitutional rights to expression and association were violated when the USA government wrongly and arbitrarily classified the entire fan base as a "hybrid" criminal gang. ICP is suing the Department of Justice to lift the FBI's designation of Juggalos as a hybrid gang similar to the Crips.More than 1,000 fans of the band Insane Clown Posse are rallying to protest the FBI's classification of them as a gang.

"We're different. We're not unsafe", Kevin Gill, who is an announcer for a Juggalo wrestling league, said from the rally stage. This march is about clearing the name of the Juggalo family from any gang connotations.

With its extravagantly dressed participants, many adorned with tattoos and piercings, the "Juggalo March" was an offbeat addition to the regular political rallies staged in the capital. When those documents were finally released, they contained nothing that would warrant labeling all Juggalos as a criminal gang.

No, just fans of Insane Clown Posse. She said she made a decision to come to "show the fake news that there is support for our president".

Scott Young, another Indiana Juggalo, said he's been pulled over because of the "hatchetman" stickers on his auto.

As stated in a Time interview with the duo, Juggalos wear or have tattoos of the iconic symbol of the hip-hop duo.

The Juggalo march will begin Saturday afternoon in front of the Lincoln Memorial and last nine hours. But four or five days of the year, being a Juggalo makes them the king of the world and everybody loves them and Insane Clown Posse is the most popular group in the world. "What happens to Jimmy Buffet's Parrotheads?"

Joseph William Utsler who goes by the stage name Shaggy 2 Dope of the U.S. rap group Insane Clown Posse leads a group of his fans known as Juggalos on a march on Sept. 16 2017 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (Credit Zach Gibson

The Juggalo March on Washington is today. In 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a National Gang Threat Assessment Report, and classified Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang".

The report said "most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism". "Organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture".

That event aimed to "demand protection for traditional American culture while they express their love for the United States and the America First agenda", according to the group's website.

Like Trump supporters, many come from lower-income families - but being a follower of the group gives them a sense of belonging and goal.

Afterward, the Black Lives Matters protesters left the stage peacefully, without any violence resulting from what wound up being a peaceful day overall.

While both events have explicitly urged participants in their codes of conduct to not use violence during their respective gatherings, the fear of possible clashes has grown in the wake of the violent Charlottesville, Virginia, demonstrations where a young woman was killed when a auto plowed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally.

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