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Insane Clown Posse are officially suing the FBI

on September 26, 2012, 10:25am

icp fbi Insane Clown Posse are officially suing the FBI

Continuing our around the clock coverage of Insane Clown Posse’s legal battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we can report that the group is no longer threatening to sue the FBI. They’re now actually suing the FBI.

As Gawker explains:

On August 24, ICP’s legal team filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the FBI release whatever information led the organization to label Juggalos a gang. There’s been no response, so today, the band’s representatives filed suit against the FBI in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan “for its failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of the FBI’s classification of the groups’ fan base.”

The FBI identified the Juggalos as a “hybrid gang” in their “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment” alongside groups like the Latin Kings. The Juggalos “are rapidly expanding into many U.S. communities” and “engage in criminal activity and violence,” the report said.

In an interview with Vice over the summer, ICP said the lawsuit has to do with protecting their brand and fans. Not only have retailers stopped selling the group’s merchandise due to the gang classification, but if fans on probation were to wear a piece of merchandise, they’d be in violation of probation for wearing gang signs. As Violent J explained, “They’re trying to kill our band, and we have to fight back.”