by William White | January 9, 2014 10:57 am
Insane Clown Posse is suing the Department of Justice and the FBI.
Insane Clown Posse and the ACLU are suing the two organizations because they have labelled the groups fans, called Juggalos, as a gang. According to the the ACLU, this label has caused some of the band’s fans to be denied jobs. One Juggalo claims that he couldn’t join the military because the band’s logo, a hatchet man, was viewed as a gang symbol, reports The Chicago Tribune.
The lawsuit claims that the Department of Justice and the FBI violated the First Amendment rights of Juggalos and that they collected information on Insane Clown Posse’s fans without suspicion of criminal activity, The Tribune notes.
“It is a quintessential civil liberties case challenging government abuse,” the legal director of ACLU’s Michigan division, told Christian Science Monitor.
According to Joseph Bruce –Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J– the band’s merchandise sales are down by about 50%. He claims that sales are down because fans are afraid to show off the band’s symbol, Christin Science Monitor notes.
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