Court to hear appeal about FBI gang report on Juggalos

DETROIT (AP) – Insane Clown Posse’s next 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 fans as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”

A Detroit federal judge last year said the U.S. Justice Department isn’t responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs. An appeals court in Cincinnati is hearing arguments Thursday.

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

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

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