Insane Clown Posse Lawsuit Against FBI Revived in Court of Appeals
Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit against the FBI has legs after all. In January 2014, the band took objection to the FBI's classification of their Juggalo fanbase as a "gang" and sought to have them removed from the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center report. In July of 2014, a Detroit federal judge ruled against the band's case and all appeared to be over. But the group appealed the case, and according to the Associated Press, the federal appeals court has reversed the lower court's ruling.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday (Sept. 17) that the Detroit rap metal outfit do have a case. Lawyers stated that authorities have unfairly targeted some of the Juggalo fan base. The ACLU of Michigan also got involved, claiming that the rights to free speech and due process rights of the band and its fans were being violated.
After the FBI's 2011 report was filed, the band began to gather information about how some of their Juggalo fan base had been profiled and in some cases targeted by law enforcement and after a number of alarming submissions, they put together their case. At the time, Insane Clown Posse's Violent J stated, "We don't know if we can beat the FBI, but we're damn sure not gonna sit here and accept it."
In the initial ruling last July, a Detroit federal judge ruled that the Justice Department isn't responsible for how authorities use the FBI report, which referred to the Juggalos as "a loosely organized hybrid gang."