Juggalos are protesting the FBI’s gang classification in front of the Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON — Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, are marching Saturday on the National Mall to protest the FBI identifying them as a gang.

Juggalos deny the label, which the FBI gave them in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. The report called the group a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” saying that “most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism.”

In 2014, the band and four fans sued the FBI. “Juggalos are a ‘family’ of people who love and help one another, enjoy one another’s company, and bond over the music and a philosophy of life,” the lawsuit stated. “Organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture.”

The Juggalo march organizers said the FBI’s classification “has resulted in hundreds if not thousands of people subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling,” according to their website, which includes testimonials of Juggalos who say they’ve been profiled at work, school and by law enforcement for being fans of the band or having Insane Clown Posse merchandise or tattoos.

The march will coincide with several other events, including a rally by supporters of President Donald Trump dubbed the “Mother of All Rallies,” which aims to “demand protection for traditional American culture while they express their love for the United States and the America First agenda,” according to the group’s website.

An anti-Trump protest is also expected in the afternoon, organized by a Facebook group called “White Supremacists out of Washington.” And the 37th Annual Race to Beat Cancer, a five-kilometer race that raises money for cancer research, also will take place.

The Metropolitan Police Department is closing several roads around the National Mall because of the events.

The Juggalo march will begin Saturday afternoon in front of the Lincoln Memorial and last nine hours. It’s scheduled to include testimonials from Juggalos, guest speakers and performances by the Insane Clown Posse and artists on their Psychopathic Records label.

The hip-hop group formed in Detroit and released their first album Carnival of Carnage in 1992. They have sold nearly 8 million albums as of 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Fans meet annually for the Gathering of the Juggalos. Their 2017 event was held in Oklahoma City.

24 comments

  • ain'ta or no

    There is what looks like a bearded black lady in a bikini and a heavy man w a hat and tattoos photos hopped into the front of the pic. Wnep trying to make a statement or what,

    • El Ma

      Okay – the statement that could be made would be that their graphics person needs better training. It’s painfully obvious that there’s cut-and-paste images associated with this “report,” and it’s unclear as to where this occurred in the transfer of the images.

      Beware even of video footage, anymore. Because there is digital editing, something can be made to look like something else, entirely. Watch the movie, “Wag The Dog,” and be afraid.

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        Wow El Ma, you’re right, that whole cover photo is obviously fake. Shadowings wrong and that one dudes head is a big as the torso of the guy next to him.

        Shame on you wnep! You guys really really suck. Blatant lies.

        I never pay to much attention to the stories, because they’re garbage, but this one is next level shitty.

      • El Ma

        It behooves everyone to really pay attention before they go off, half-cocked, and begin a rant based upon their feelings, these days. Because of digital editing, we can change a slice of pizza into a supermodel – no kidding. Wanna know something even more frightening? Using any image editing software that allows editing of gamma, you can learn EVERYTHING about the image.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    I actually used to listen to ICP back in like 1995. How are they even relevant anymore?

    How am I relevant anymore?

    How is any of this even relevant anymore?

    • El Ma

      Well, Lloyd, there are a number of buzz-words, here. Of course, “protest,” is always one to grab the public’s attention. Then, there’s the mention of the Fibbies, and the final word, “gang,” is the spike in the rail that nails this whole non-event down as some sort of Happening. (snort, guffaw, wheeze) I mean, really?! Loosely organized hybrid gang? LOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!! What next? LOTR fans being identified as potential threats of burrowing underground? Oh, my goodness……..

  • III%

    I think it’s safe to assume the world would be a much better place without these juggheadalos Washington DC certainly has its fair share of clowns 👺

  • Lance

    With a name like juggalo why would people be wary? Just laugh at them. March around in circles, protest Trump, while complaining about intolerance when they themselves are intolerant of anyone who doesnt beleive in their agenda.

    • DinoB325

      Maybe you should do a little research, as WNEP should as well. The juggalos are no different than the deadheads that followed the Grateful Sea. BLM and Antifa are “given room to protest” IE loot and destroy, but no gang designation??

      • Lance

        Antifa was given terroist organization status. Juggalo started out being followers but many morphed into an anarchist destructive group while marching in so called “peaceful protest “. So if you want blame the few idiots that mark the whole crowd.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    The lawn looks like there’s 150 people there. Hell, there’s more during and 8th grade class field trip.

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