FBI Classifies Juggalos as a Gang Threat

Insane Clown Posse
John Eder

Fans of the Insane Clown Posse are currently considered a real gang in four states.

Juggalos, those wild and rowdy fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, may be a little too wild and rowdy according to the FBI, which has just classified the group as a gang in the crime fighting organization's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.

The report, first written about in Wired, details the level of threat from groups such as the Crips and Bloods, Mexican drug cartels, the Hell's Angels and skinheads, but the Juggalo threat is new.

So far, the group, which is accused of exhibiting gang-like behavior and engaging in criminal activity, is only classified as a gang in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Utah. Although the FBI says they have engaged in gang activity in 17 other states.

According to the report, "Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism however, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales."

Fans of the Insane Clown Posse generally wear face makeup, a trademark of the Juggalos.

The report continues, "Many criminal Juggalo sub-sets are comprised of transient or homeless individuals, according to law enforcement reporting."

They are most famous for their Gathering of the Juggalos, the annual four-day festival of concerts, wrestling matches, autograph sessions and artist seminars that takes place every August at Cave-In Rock, Illinois.

Charlie Sheen made an appearance at the most recent gathering, where he was cheered, booed and pelted with garbage while on stage.