Lawyers for Insane Clown Posse, fans take complaint about FBI gang report to appeals court



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FILE - This Jan. 8, 2014 file photo shows Joseph Bruce aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse after a news conference in Detroit. It's not a performance by the Detroit rap-metal duo, but arguments by lawyers who say Insane Clown Posse's fans have been unfairly targeted by police. A 2011 FBI report described fans as a "loosely organized hybrid gang." (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)


DETROIT — Insane Clown Posse's latest gig? A federal court.

It's not a performance by the Detroit rap-metal duo, but arguments by lawyers who say Insane Clown Posse's fans have been unfairly targeted by police. A 2011 FBI report described the fans, known as Juggalos, as a "loosely organized hybrid gang."

An appeals court in Cincinnati heard arguments Thursday, after a Detroit federal judge said the U.S. Justice Department isn't responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says the free speech and due process rights of Insane Clown Posse and its fans are being violated.

The members of Insane Clown Posse are Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope.

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