Yep, you read that headline correctly. According to a statement Tuesday from Psychopathic Records, “It was just over a month ago, at the 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, that Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse (ICP) announced that they would be taking legal action against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), due to its National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) labeling ICP’s fan base, the Juggalos, a criminal “gang” in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. It was at ICP’s scheduled Gathering seminar that the face painted rappers publically promised the Juggalos that they would fight for their fans’ rights, regardless of any financial obstacles. On this day, September 25, 2012, ICP and Psychopathic Records came through for their fans, and filed a lawsuit against the FBI.”
Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records’ legal counsel, Hertz Schram PC, has released the following statement: “Hertz Schram PC, by Howard Hertz and Elizabeth Thomson, on behalf of Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records, has filed suit against the FBI in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleging the FBI’s violation of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) for its failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of the FBI’s classification of the groups’ fan base, the Juggalos, as a gang in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends.”
It’s a fascinating story, and one that we will be following. Stay tuned.