City Slang: ICP and ACLU to present arguments against FBI’s Juggalo gang designation

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A federal judge, Robert H. Cleland, will hear arguments in the Insane Clown Posse and ACLU lawsuit against the FBI at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 23 at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan’s Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse.

Back in January, we wrote a cover story about the suit, which sees the two organizations attempting to have the Juggalos removed from the FBI’s list of gangs. The Juggalos are, they say, just fans of a music group.

“Juggalos have been fired, denied housing, and subjected to searches, just for wearing a shirt,” said Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J. “They’re punishing fans for listening to us, and that’s bullshit. We’ve been around for 20 years. Some people got a hatchet tattoo 15 years ago, when they were young. They might be dentists now, raising their family. They get stopped, the cop sees the tattoo, and suddenly they get put on the gang database. It’s insane.”

Monday’s hearing will see ACLU of Michigan Cooperating Attorney Saura Sahu and ICP attorney Howard Hertz arguing before federal judge Robert H. Cleland on behalf of the Juggalos and ICP.

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